How to recover data from broken/dead/damaged external hard drive on Mac?

Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery on December 6th, 2018

Download best free external hard drive data recovery software to recover data from broken, damaged, corrupted external hard drive on macOS 10.14/10.13/10.12.

Most of people use an external hard drive for storing data backups and transferring files between different computers. But compared to internal disks and non-removable media, external hard drives are prone to be broken by improper removal from a computer, sudden power failure, mishandling or dropping, virus/malware infection, etc. That’s why experts suggest you should maintain multiple copies of your important data at different locations.

What will happen when an external hard drive is broken?

If an external hard drive is broken/dead/damaged, you will not see anything happening when connecting it on Mac. There are no sounds and no auto-play pop-ups. Moreover, the external hard drive is not mounting, not reparable or even not showing up in Disk Utility.

It seems that all data on the drive is erased and lost, but in most cases, it hasn’t been. Some or all of your data is unrecognized by the Mac operating system, but it is still on the disk. Broken external hard drive data recovery on Mac is easy when you have a free Mac external hard drive data recovery software.

How to recover data from broken/dead/failed/crashed external hard drive?

Solution 1: Use free data recovery software

Fortunately, data recovery tools can help you regain the access to the broken drive. iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is free Mac external hard drive data recovery software that can recover lost data from broken/dead/failed/crashed external hard drives on macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7. No matter what file types, including documents, photos, music files, videos, emails, etc, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can get them back.

Besides, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can also recover data from formatted, corrupted, unmountable, unreadable, inaccessible hard disks, USB flash drives, SD cards, memory cards, etc.

Tutorial to recover data from a broken external hard drive with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery:

Step 1: Free download, install and launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

Recover data from broken external hard drive with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

Step 2: Select the broken external hard drive and click "Next" to scan lost files on the drive.

Tips: If you don't get the needed files, please click Deep scan to run a through search on the external hard drive.

Step 3: Preview the searching results, choose files we need, and click "Recover" to get them back.

Step 4: Have a check to ensure we have got all lost files back.

Solution 2: Seek out the services of a professional data recovery specialist

If the broken external hard drive is not showing in Disk Utility, or makes unusual noises, clicks or takes a very long time to spin up, it has suffered from some physical damages. In the situation, data recovery software is useless, you should seek out the services of a professional data recovery specialist.

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