How to recover data from failed/crashed/dead iMac hard drive?

Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery on January 8th, 2018

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 bootable media from iBoysoft Server.

Solution 1: If you have one Mac

If you have only one Mac computer, you can run iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery bootable media from iBoysoft Server and recover lost data from the dead/crash iMac hard drive.

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".

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 iMac, and then press the Power button and Option key (⌥) to start the Mac 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/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.

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