How to recover/restore/transfer data from Mac hard drive to PC?

Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery on January 31st, 2019

I have a Mac hard drive from a MacBook Pro that does not work. I connected it externally to my PC and tried to copy the files over and keep getting cyclic redundancy checks. So now I need to perform a recovery but none of my recovery software will allow me to recover data from a Mac hard drive to a PC. Does anyone know of a good program that will allow me to recover these files?

Sometimes, it might happen that your MacBook Pro or iMac takes a power hit and die. All your important files stored on the Mac hard drive becomes inaccessible. If your Mac won't boot and you only have a PC at hand, you may wonder whether it is possible to recover/transfer data from the Mac hard drive to a PC. Just keep reading, this passage will show you the most effective solution.

Can I recover data from a Mac hard drive to a PC?

Yes, of course. But the biggest hurdle you will face is a file system incompatibility problem between two platforms. By default, Mac hard drives are based on APFS and HFS+, while Windows uses NTFS. So few of data recovery software can support file systems on both Windows and Mac. However, there is no need to worry if you can recover data from the unbootable Mac computer and then transfer files from Mac to PC.

How to recover data from a Mac hard drive to a PC?

Even when your Mac computer won't start up properly, fortunately, the free Mac hard drive data recovery softwareiBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can regain access to the non-bootable operating system and recover data from the crashed or dead Macs. Besides, transferring the recovered data from Mac to PC is also mentioned as below.

Step 1: Recover data from the Mac hard drive

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is free data recovery software which has helped lots of users recover documents, pictures, audios, videos, emails from Mac hard drives, recover data from dead MacBook Pro/MacBook Air/iMac, recover data from unbootable Mac computer, recover data from failed internal Mac hard drive, etc.

Neither do you need to take out the Mac hard drive nor find another Mac computer. It only need you fetch an external drive with enough available space for your files. You are able to run iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery bootable media through iBoysoft Server.

1. Press COMMAND+OPTION+R keys when starting your unbootable Mac computer.

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

3. Type: curl -o /tmp/ && chmod 777 /tmp/ && /tmp/ and press Enter. This will launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery bootable media through iBoysoft Server.

4. Select the drive you want to recover data from and click Next button.

Recover data from Mac hard drive

5. Preview and choose the files you want to get back.

6. Click Recover button, connect an external drive to your Mac computer and choose the drive to save the needed files.

Step 2: Transfer files from Mac to PC

After data recovery, you need to connect the external hard drive with all recovered data to your PC. Then copy and paste or drag and drop recently saved files from media to your PC.

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