How to recover data from crashed/dead Macbook Pro?

Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery on May 7th, 2018

My 4-year-old Macbook Pro has died. The people at the Apple Store have confirmed that it's a dead logic board. I have some important files on the computer that were not backed up. How can I recover these files? Preferably, I'd like to be able to access these files on a PC, but if need be, I can borrow my friend's iMac to do the transfer.

Most of the time, our Macbook Pro works normally and we never think about that one day it may suddenly get crashed or dead. However, it happens. At that time, we can neither start up our computer nor can we access the data on the hard drive. If unfortunately, we forgot to back up important files or didn't have a full backup before, it really isn't so easy to recover data from the crashed/dead Macbook Pro, especially if you're with no experience.

Though difficult, you can still make it. This post will show you how to recover data from crashed/dead Macbook Pro, or to get files, like videos, photos, documents, emails, etc. off the dead Mac hard drive.

How to recover data from crashed/dead Macbook Pro?

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is a free Mac hard drive failure data recovery program that can recover data from failed/crashed/dead MacBook Pro hard drive due to virus attacks, file system corruption and other reasons. This software won't modify/change the original file contents and ensure secure recovery of data from the dead Macbook Pro hard drive.

Besides, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery also supports recovering deleted or lost files even emptied from Mac Trash, recovering data from formatted, unmountable, inaccessible, corrupted hard drives, external hard drives, USB flash drives, memory cards, SD cards, etc. on macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12 Sierra and macOS 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Solution 1: If you have only one unbootable Mac computer

It's still possible for you to transfer data from the dead/crashed MacBook Pro by running iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery bootable media from iBoysoft Server.

Solution 2: If you have two Mac computers

You can follow the tutorial below to create a bootable recovery drive and recover data from the dead Mac hard drive.

Step 1: Download iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on another Mac computer.

Step 2: Install and launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

Step 3: Click iBoysoft Data Recovery on menu bar and then select "Create Boot Drive".

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

Step 4: Insert a USB drive into the healthy Mac computer.

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

Step 5: Follow the wizard to create a bootable recovery drive.

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

Step 6: When it finishes, please insert the iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery bootable USB drive into the crashed/dead Macbook Pro, and then press the Power button and Option key (⌥) to start the Mac.

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

Step 7: Select iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery from the boot options.

Step 8: Follow the wizard to scan for lost data on the crashed/dead Macbook Pro.

Step 9: Choose files you want to get off the dead MacBook Pro and click Recover button.

To recover data from crashed/dead MacBook Pro, you can follow the two effective and reliable methods as above. But do keep in mind that, the earlier you perform data recovery on the dead MacBook Pro, the more files you may be able to get back.

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