How to recover data from crashed/failed Mac hard drive?

By Juno | Posted to Mac Data Recovery, updated on May 23rd, 2019 |

Summary: Mac hard drive or the Macintosh HD becomes crashed and fails to work? Just download iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery to recover data from the crashed Mac hard drive easily and efficiently.

Although Mac has been regarded as one of the most reliable computers today, it can't be completely immune to disk corruption. The Mac hard drive is crashed probably because of file system corruption, bad sectors, aging of hard drive, volume map corruption, malware attack, etc. Once the Mac hard drive fails to work, you can't access your files on this Mac and your Mac won't boot. You may think this disk failure will isolate you from your data forever, but actually, you have great chances to recover your files from the crashed or failed Mac hard drive.

If you're suffering from the Mac hard drive corruption or the Mac is crashed for some reasons, check this page and you will find 4 solutions to retrieve your files from this Mac hard drive.

Table of contents
1. Video Tutorial to recover data from crashed and unbootable macOS hard drives
2. How to recover data from crashed/failed Mac hard drive?
3. How to repair the crashed Mac hard drive?

Video Tutorial to recover data from crashed and unbootable macOS hard drives

How to recover data from crashed/failed Mac hard drive?

Solution 1: Recover data from crashed Mac hard drive with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery Server

If you only have one Mac which is unbootable right now due to Mac hard drive crash, it is strongly recommended that you recover your invaluable files through iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery online server because it's fast and easy to operate.

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is a free and professional Mac data recovery software that can recover data from crashed Mac hard drive, recover data from macOS startup disk, recover data from failed/crashed/dead MacBook Pro/Air hard drive. Moreover, this software can recover data from formatted, unreadable, unmountable, and corrupted drives, as well as recover deleted files from emptied Trash on Mac computers. It works with macOS 10.14/10.13/10.12 and 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Except for hard drive data recovery, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can also recover data from USB flash drives, memory cards, SD cards, pen drives, CF cards, etc. be it APFS, HFS+, FAT or exFAT formatted.

Step 1: Click the Power button to turn on the Mac, and immediately press COMMAND+OPTION+R keys to boot your Mac into Recovery Mode.

Step 2: Open Terminal from the Utilities drop-down menu.

Mac Recovery Mode

Step 3: Type: curl -o /tmp/boot.sh http://boot.iboysoft.com/boot.sh && chmod 777 /tmp/boot.sh && /tmp/boot.sh and press Enter. This will launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery through iBoysoft Server.

Recover Data in Recovery Mode through iBoysoft Server

Step 4: After launching iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery, please select the Mac internal hard drive and click the "Next" button. This program will start scanning for lost files on the drive.

Recover data from crashed failed Mac hard drive

Step 5: Preview the scanning results, and choose the files you want to get back.

Step 6: Click the "Recover" button. You need to specify a different location to store the recovered files.

Recover data from crashed failed Mac hard drive

You can also refer to How to run iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery in Recovery Mode.

Solution 2: Recover data from crashed Mac hard drive with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery bootable media

If you have another Mac which is working well or you can borrow one from your friends, you can recover data from the crashed Mac hard drive by creating a bootable drive with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery software. It is risk-free but with several steps, so be patient.

Best Mac hard drive data recovery software

  • Recover data from unmountable/unreadable/corrupted/failed Mac hard drives.
  • Recover data from unbootable/crashed Mac computers.
  • Recoverable file types: documents, photos, audio files, videos, emails, etc.
  • Support OS: macOS 10.14/10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Read-only & risk-free

Things you need to prepare:

  • The Mac loaded with the crashed Mac hard drive and another healthy Mac.
  • A usable USB flash drive which loads nothing important, in that creating bootable drive will delete things on this USB drive.

Step 1: Download iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on the healthy 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 the USB flash drive into the healthy Mac computer.

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iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

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

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

Step 6: After that, please insert iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery bootable USB drive into the crashed/dead Mac computer, and then press the Power button and Option key (⌥) to start the computer up.

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

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

Step 8: Follow the wizard to scan and recover your lost data on the crashed/dead Mac hard drive.

Solution 3: Recover data from crashed Mac with Time Machine Backup

If you have backed up your files on this Mac with Time Machine backup disk, you will be able to recover your backups on this unbootable Mac computer with ease.

Step 1: Reboot the crashed Mac and press Command + R key combinations immediately to get into Recovery Mode.

Step 2: In macOS Utilities, click Restore From Time Machine Backup.

Step 3: From the Time Machine window, select the files that needs to be restored.

Step 4: Once the file is selected, you can click on Restore and get them back.

Solution 4: Recover data from failed Mac hard drive with Target Disk Mode

Target Disk Mode is an advanced method that you can access the crashed/failed Mac hard drive on another healthy Mac through a FireWire, so that you can transfer files from the inaccessible Mac hard drive to another drive.

Recover data from failed Mac hard drive with Target Disk Mode

Note: Please make sure that both Macs are in a stable power supply.

Step 1: Buy a Firewire or a Thunderbolt cable to connect two Macs through USB ports.

Step 2: Restart the Mac with failed startup hard drive and immediately press the keyboard button "T" to boot it into the Firewire mode.

Step 3: When you see a large Firewire icon on the crashed Mac's screen, you will find the failed Mac hard drive on the healthy Mac's desktop with a Firewire (Thunderbolt accordingly) symbol mounted on its icon.

Step 4: Once the file is selected, you can click on Restore and get them back.

Once the crashed Mac hard drive is mounted on the healthy Mac, you can either repair this hard drive in Disk Utility or copy your important files to another safe place. But if the Macintosh HD is not mounted on that Mac, you may still need to recover data with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery instead.

How to repair the crashed Mac hard drive?

After recovering files from this crashed Mac hard drive, you can try to repair this drive with the following steps without worrying about losing anything important.

Step 1: Restart the failed Mac, then immediately press and hold "Command + R" keys.

boot into recovery mode

Step 2: Release the key until you see the Apple logo.

Step 3: Select Disk Utility from the macOS Utilities menu.

Step 4: Select the crashed Mac hard drive in the left sidebar and click on “Fist Aid” at the top menu.

Step 5: Click "Run" to repair this hard drive.

If you get the files back but can't fix this crashed Mac hard drive with Disk Utility, your drive could be damaged physically. You can send it to a local Apple store and see if they can repair it.

Juno

Juno is a technical expert @iBoysoft. She has over 5-year experience in data recovery/repair technology. She loves to write data recovery tips and tutorials.

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