How to recover data from dead/crashed MacBook Air?

By Katrina | Posted to Mac Data Recovery, updated on May 6th, 2019 |

"My MacBook Air is not at all responding even though I tried several ways to make it work. When contacted service center, I was told that its hard drive is died. It is not a problem for me to buy new MacBook Air but data present in dead MacBook Air is very precious. Does anyone know how can I get data back from dead/crashed MacBook air? Thanks!"

Just like what happens above, our MacBook Air is easily to be infected by unexpected virus and becomes dead/crash. A dead/crashed MacBook Air won't be able to startup or boot properly. In this case, if we don't make backups before, we are urgent to recover data from crashed or dead Mac computers. This passage will show you the easiest and the most efficient way.

How to recover data from dead/crashed MacBook Air?

For common computer users, when it comes to recover data from unbootable computer, things will become more complex. But with the professional Mac data recovery software, it can be a piece of cake. iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is a reliable and free Mac data recovery software that can recover lost documents, photos, music, videos, etc. from dead/crashed MacBook Air hard drive with APFS, HFS+, HFS, exFAT, FAT32 file systems on macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12 Sierra and OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Besides, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery also supports to recover deleted or lost files even emptied from Mac Trash, recover data from formatted, unmountable, inaccessible, corrupted hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, memory card, SD card, etc.

Video Tutorial: How to recover data from dead crashed MacBook Air?

Solution 1: If you have only one Mac computer

Don't worry. It's still possible for you to recover data from the unbootable Mac through iBoysoft Server.

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/ && chmod 777 /tmp/ && /tmp/ 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 unbootable Mac computer

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 unbootable Mac computer

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

Solution 2: If you have two Mac computers

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 your 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: After that, please insert iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery bootable USB drive into the crashed/dead MacBook Air, 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 for lost data on the crashed/dead MacBook Air.

Step 9: Preview and select the files you want to get back, and then click the Recover button.


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

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