How to fix failed/crashed/dead MacBook Pro hard drive?

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

"Yesterday, my MacBook Pro suddenly froze. Then I force shut down and tried to reboot it, but the computer stuck again and turn off. Now, I'm not sure if all my data is lost. Is there a way to fix this hard drive failure and recover my data from my MacBook Pro? How can I do it?"

According to the above description, it looks like the MacBook Pro hard drive gets crashed. When your MacBook is working normally, you may have never thought it will fail someday. However, this unexpected MacBook hard drive failure just happens to you and you haven't backed up your important data yet. In this case, the first thing you need to do is to recover data from the dead MacBook Pro and to fix this hard drive failure.

The difficulty of MacBook Pro hard drive failure data recovery

It's not an easy task for common people to fix a failed hard drive on a well-functioned computer, not to mention a MacBook Pro hard drive that even won't boot. Usually, to perform MacBook Pro hard drive failure data recovery, you have to take out your MacBook Pro hard drive and connect it with a new Mac computer, and then transfer data from this dead MacBook Pro. But the difficulty lies in, under most circumstances, common users have only one Mac computer at hand. How to recover data from failed MacBook Pro hard drive? Here recommend you iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

How to recover data from failed or crashed MacBook Pro hard drive?

The bootable edition of iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery has helped lots of users recover data from failed/crashed MacBook Pro, recover data from dead/crash MacBook Air/iMac/Mac Mini. It is a free Mac hard drive data recovery tool, which supports recovering thousands of file formats, including documents, pictures, audios, videos, emails. Moreover, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can also recover deleted or lost files even emptied from Mac Trash, recover data from formatted, unmountable, unreadable, inaccessible hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, etc. on macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/Sierra 10.12 and macOS 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Video Tutorial: How to recover data from failed or crashed MacBook Pro hard drives?

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 COMMOND+OPTION+R keys to boot your Mac into Recovery Mode.

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

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

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 the 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 failed/crashed MacBook Pro, 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 failed/crashed MacBook Pro hard drive.

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

How to fix the failed or crashed MacBook Pro hard drive?

After recovering data from failed/crash MacBook Pro hard drive, you can go ahead to fix the MacBook Pro hard drive failure.

Solution 1: Reboot the Mac computer and reset NVRAM.

1. Press and hold the Power button for a few minutes till Mac turns off.

2. Wait a few seconds and press the Power button to turn on Mac.

3. Hold Command+Option+P+R keys while booting Mac to reset NVRAM.

4. Reboot computer again to see if the MacBook Pro can boot.

Solution 2: Run Disk Utility in Recovery Mode

1. Boot your Mac into Recovery Mode.

2. From the macOS Utilities menu, select Disk Utility.

3. Select the MacBook Pro hard disk.

4. Click First Aid on the top menu bar.

5. Click Done and restart your Mac.

Solution 3: Reinstall the macOS

1. Boot your Mac to Recovery Mode.

2. Select Disk Utility from the macOS Utilities menu.

3. Select the MacBook Pro hard drive from the sidebar.

4. Click on Erase from the top.

5. Setup the required information to reformat the disk and click Done when finished.

6. Go back to macOS Utilities screen and select Reinstall macOS.

Read more: Possible reasons and preventions of MacBook Pro hard drive failure

There are numerous reasons why MacBook Pro hard drive stops working, such as bad sectors on the hard drive, corruption in the partition table or catalog files/journal files. To avoid these corruptions, you need to protect your Mac hard drive by the following ways:

1. Please don't turn the system off during a writing process and make sure the computer has enough power when working.

2. If you have encountered any problems when using computers, please run Disk Utility or other repair tools as soon as possible. Don't wait until the situation is too severe.

3. Please download and install a reliable anti-virus program, making your Mac computer in a safe environment.

4. Make backups and update it regularly. Backing up is always the best way to avoid data loss. If you don't have this habit, just download and install iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery for a rainy day. No matter what data loss scenario you meet, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can help you get all lost data back.

Katrina

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

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