My iMac suddenly froze yesterday. When I tried to reboot, I got a gray screen. I'm wondering if there is any way to recover data from the failed iMac hard drive. Any reply will be appreciated!
When an iMac runs extremely slow or gets stuck on loading/login screen, it looks like the internal hard drive is failing. It can happen due to a variety of reasons such as bad sector on the hard drive, virus attack, corruption in the partition table or catalog files, etc. The worst thing is not that Mac won't boot but all data on the hard drive is inaccessible. As one of the victims, you may be so urgent to recover data from failed/dead/crashed iMac hard drive.
How to recover data from failed/dead/crashed iMac hard drive?
As the free Mac hard drive data recovery software, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery applies read-only mechanism to recover data from failed iMac hard drive, recover data from dead/crashed Mac Book Pro/MacBook Air/Mac Mini hard drives and recover data from unbootable Mac computer without running OS. It is compatible with macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12 Sierra and OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.
There is no need to remove the hard drive from iMac computer. You are able to create a bootable recovery drive to recover data or run iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery in recovery mode.
A video tutorial to recover files from unbootable Mac
Solution 1: If you have one Mac
If you have only one Mac computer, you can run iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery from iBoysoft Server and recover lost data from the dead/crash iMac hard drive.
- Restart your iMac and press Command +Option +R key combinations to boot into Recovery Mode.
- Click Utilities in the top menu and select Terminal from the drop-down menu.
- 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.
- When iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is launched, select the iMac hard drive in the list and click on Next to scan for files on this drive.
- Select the files you want to get back and preview them, and then click on "Recover" to recover them.
Solution 2: If you have two Macs
If luckily you have another Mac computer, just follow the tutorial as below to create a bootable recovery drive and recover data.
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".
Step 4: Insert a USB drive into your Mac computer.
Step 5: Follow the wizard to create a bootable recovery drive.
Step 6: After that, please insert iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery bootable USB drive into the crashed/dead iMac, and then press the Power button and Option key (⌥) to start the Mac computer up.
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/failed iMac hard drive.
Step 9: Choose files you want to get back, and then click Recover button. Please keep in mind that you should save the recovered files in a different location.
Besides, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery will help you recover data after formatting the drive, accidental deletion, partition errors, volume are deleted/lost, etc. It supports recovering documents, photos, music files, videos with a few clicks of mouse. In addition to hard drives, you can also perform data recovery from external hard drives, USB flash drives, SD cards, memory cards, etc.