How to recover data from crashed/dead MacBook Pro?

By Katrina | Posted to Mac Data Recovery, updated on April 28th, 2019 |

Summary: How to recover lost data from a crashed/dead MacBook Pro that can't boot normally? Just try iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery to recover your lost files simply and efficiently.

Table of contents
1. What is the best MacBook Pro data recovery software?
2. How to recover lost data from crashed MacBook Pro?
3. How to repair crashed/dead MacBook Pro hard drive?
4. FAQ about MacBook Pro data recovery

crashed MacBook Pro

You probably have never thought that one day it will become crashed or dead, while unfortunately, it just happens. At that time, you cannot start up this MacBook Pro nor access the data on the hard drive. It's even worse if you forget to back up important files or didn't have a full Time Machine backup before. Can you recover your files from this crashed MacBook Pro? To be honest, it's not easy, especially when you're inexperienced in MacBook data recovery.

However, it doesn't mean that recovering data from the crashed MacBook Pro is impossible. You can still make it with this useful tutorial which shows you how to get your files off the MacBook Pro and how to repair the crashed Mac hard drive.

What is the best MacBook Pro data recovery software?

My MacBook Pro crashed almost a year ago, I opened it one morning to find it wouldn't turn on. It doesn't properly boot, it just sounds different. The screen stays black and the light on the front isn't the same. Anyway, unfortunately I've given up on getting the Mac back, but I really need the stuff that was on it. I heard I could put this hard drive in a new MacBook Pro when I get one, but that probably won't be anytime soon. What would the cheapest and/or easiest way to recover my data? Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.

- From Apple Community

As the question illustrated, the files on that crashed MacBook really mean something for you while you also need some economical way to recover them. How? Actually, Mac data recovery software is one of the best solutions to retrieve your lost documents, pictures, videos, etc.

Some necessary characteristics of the best MacBook Pro data recovery software are involved:

  • Compatible with your Mac operating system
  • Easy and intuitive operating procedure
  • Powerful ability to recover lost data in different situations
  • Affordable price

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is such a useful MacBook Pro data recovery software, which can recover documents, photos, emails, videos, music and many other file types. It can recover lost data from crashed/unbootable MacBook Pro/Air, recover deleted files from emptied Mac Trash, and recover lost data from corrupted/unreadable/unmountable/formatted drives. This software supports data recovery from hard drives, external hard drives, SD memory cards, CF cards, Pen drives, etc.

Moreover, this program is highly compatible with macOS 10.15 (Catalina), 10.14 (Mojave), macOS 10.13 (High Sierra), macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.7 (Lion).

How to recover lost data from crashed MacBook Pro?

Solution 1: Recover lost data from crashed MacBook Pro with iBoysoft server

When you only have this crashed Mac computer and it is crashed now, it is still possible for you to transfer data from the dead/crashed MacBook Pro by running iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery in macOS Recovery mode.

Note: To perform the steps below, please make sure you can boot your problematic Mac into Internet Recovery Mode. That's to say, you need to connect it to a network, such as a WIFI network.

Step 1: In the Apple menu, choose "Restart" or power on your Mac.

Step 2: As the computer restarts, hold and immediately press COMMAND+OPTION+R keys to boot your Mac into macOS Recovery mode.

Step 3: Choose a network for your Mac. You need to make your Mac connected to the Internet all the time.

Step 4: Open Terminal from the Utilities drop-down menu at the top of the screen. Type in the following command lines and then hit Enter to launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery through iBoysoft Server:

sh <(curl

sh <(curl

Step 5: After launching iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery, please select the MacBook Pro hard drive and click the "Next" button. This program will start scanning for lost files on the drive.

Step 6: Preview the scanning results and choose the files you want to get back.

Step 7: Click the "Recover" button. Then you need to find a different location to store the recovered files and click "OK".

Solution 2: Recover lost data with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery bootable drive

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

Step 1: Create a bootable drive on the healthy Mac computer.

  1. Download, install and launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on the healthy computer.
  2. Click iBoysoft Data Recovery on top left menu bar and then select "Create Boot Drive".
  3. iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

  4. Insert a USB drive into the healthy Mac and choose it as the media to create a bootable drive on. Then click "OK".
  5. iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

  6. Click "Make bootable" button. The creation process will start immediately. Wait a moment while it is creating the bootable drive.
  7. Note: This process will erase all data on the USB drive. So please back up important files on the drive.

  8. When the process finished, you'll see the window as following and then you can proceed to recover lost data.
  9. iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

Step 2: Recover lost data from your crashed/dead MacBook Pro.

  1. Insert iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery bootable USB drive into your MacBook Pro.
  2. Reboot the Mac computer and hold down the Option key (⌥) at startup.
  3. Select iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery from the boot options. This program will launch when your Mac boots up.

If you're running macOS Mojave or earlier, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery will launch immevdiately when your Mac boots up. But, if your Mac is running macOS Catalina, you need two additional steps to launch this program.

4. Wait for your Mac to boot up, open "Terminal" application from "Utilities" drop-down menu.

Open Terminal

5. Run the following command:

'Volumes/Image Volume/'

Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery Command

How to repair crashed/dead MacBook Pro hard drive?

After recovering data from the crashed MacBook Pro, you can fix this "MacBook is crashed" issue without worrying about data loss.

Solution 1: Repair MacBook Pro hard drive with First Aid in macOS Recovery mode

You probably have gotten used to repair normal disk errors with Disk Utility previously, but you have no idea whether this tool still works when the Mac is crashed or unbootable. As a matter of fact, you can still repair the hard drive in this case, and the only difference is that you need to get into macOS Recovery mode.

  1. Restart your MacBook Pro and press Command + R key combinations immediately.
  2. Release them until you see the Apple logo and boot into macOS Recovery mode.
  3. Select Disk Utility in macOS Utilities and launch it.
  4. Choose your MacBook Pro hard drive and click "First Aid".
  5. Click "Run" to fix this problem.

If First Aid found corruptions that need to be repaired and then fix it successfully, you can reboot your MacBook Pro and see if it can work as normal.

Solution 2: Repair the crashed Mac hard drive by reformatting

Nevertheless, if First Aid failed to repair the hard drive errors and the Mac computer is still dead, another solution is to reformat the MacBook Pro hard drive.

Warning: Reformat will fix the file system corruption and ERASE YOUR DATA, therefore, make sure you have recovered files from the crashed MacBook Pro with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery at first.

  1. Reboot the Mac with Command + R pressed like the solution above so that you can boot the Mac in macOS Recovery mode.
  2. Click on Disk Utility and then click on the crashed hard drive.
  3. Click on "Erase" at the upper menu bar, then fill in Name and Format for your hard drive.
  4. Click on "Erase" to confirm the reformat process.

FAQ about MacBook Pro data recovery

1. If files deleted on MacBook Pro are recoverable?

Yes, but with some conditions. The deleted files are recoverable only when they are not overwritten by other data. Therefore, stop doing any further operation to your drive until you get your files back.

2. If data on the crashed MacBook Pro is surely to be recovered?

No. Files on crashed MacBook Pro can be recovered by Mac data recovery software only when your hard drive is not physically damaged. For example, if the drive has serious bad sectors or the drive have been broken, no software can help.

3. Can iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery recover lost data from APFS SSD?

Yes. Since 2016, the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has used SSD that is directly soldered to the computer's logic board and people are wondering can they recovered lost data in this case? In fact, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can recover lost data from corrupted APFS SSD with ease.

4. What should I do if the MacBook Pro hard drive is physically damaged?

It depends on whether the data on this drive is important for you or not. If they are too valuable to be lost, you can send it to a local data recovery lab for help, which will cost much usually. Or if they are not, you can replace it with a new system drive.


Katrina is a data recovery expert @iBoysoft who loves to help readers solve various data recovery problems.