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

By Autumn X | Posted to Mac Data Recovery, updated on May 5th, 2019 |

Our Mac hard drive might become dead/failed at any time. When we find our hard drive does not respond anymore, becomes not mounted, unreadable, inaccessible or we find an invalid volume header in Disk Utility, that means our hard drive is dead/failed. We are most concerned about the security of data stored on it when our Mac hard drive becomes dead/failed. But in most cases, we will lose data from dead/failed hard drive. Fortunately, we can recover data from dead/failed Mac hard drive.

The less operation we have done to the dead/failed hard drive, the more possibility for us to recover data from dead/failed Mac hard drive. So we have to recover data from dead/failed Mac hard drive immediately when we find our Mac hard drive becomes dead. If we have backed up the dead/failed hard drive with Time Machine, we can recover data from dead/failed hard drive on macOS with Time Machine. But if we don't have backup for the dead/failed Mac hard drive, it is a big problem for us to recover data from dead/failed Mac hard drive. In this situation, professional and free Mac hard drive recovery software: iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can help us to recover data from dead/failed Mac hard drive.

Recover data from dead/failed Mac hard drive with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

As professional and free Mac data recovery software, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is fully compatible with macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/Sierra 10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7. It enables us to recover data from failed/crashed/dead MacBook Pro/Air hard drive on macOS no matter the hard drive is unreadable hard drive, unmountable hard drive, or invalid volume header hard drive, etc. Deleted/lost files also can be recovered from hard drive, external hard drive, USB drive, flash drive, SD card, CF card, memory card and other storage devices, no matter which are documents, photos, videos, emails or music. What's more, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is safe and easy-to-use for us to recover data from dead/failed Mac hard drive.

Video Tutorial: How to recover data from dead Mac hard drive?

Solution 1: If you have only one Mac computer

You can recover data in Recovery Mode 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/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 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

As long as you have another Mac which is working, you can create a bootable drive and then recover data.

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 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 unbootable 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 for lost data on the dead/failed Mac hard drive.

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

Autumn X

Autumn X is a technology blogger who likes to explore latest tech trends. He has good technical knowledge and experience in Windows and Mac data recovery.

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