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[Guide] How To Recover Data From MacBook SSD

Posted on November 29, 2021

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Amanda Wong

Summary: This is a complete guide on how to recover lost and deleted data from MacBook SSD. It elaborates the possibility of recovering data from MacBook SSD and provides effective methods to retrieve data back.

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SSD, an acronym of Solid State Drive, is a kind of widely used storage media nowadays. It overwhelms traditional hard drives greatly in read and write speed, power consumption, lifespan, etc. SSD is applied in modern MacBook Air and MacBook Pro to greatly improve performance.

Despite that, the MacBook SSD may also fail you sometimes such as MacBook Pro SSD not mounted in Disk Utility, MacBook SSD excessively wear, etc. A malfunctioned SSD poses a risk of data loss on your Mac. Worse, the data recovery of SSD is more difficult compared with that of HDD. More on that later.

If you find files missing on MacBook SSD, or delete files by mistake, you may wonder how to retrieve them back. Then this post is right for you, explaining whether you can get lost data back and how to make it.

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Is it possible to recover data from MacBook SSD

You can recover deleted files on Mac with ease before you empty the Trash can. Once you have emptied the Trash folder or chosen to bypass the Trash and remove files from an SSD of Mac permanently, data recovery becomes intricate.

What happens when you delete files

SSD and HDD work totally differently when comes to deleting files on them. When you delete a file on an HDD, the sectors where the file once stored will be marked as available. In fact, the deleted file is still on the drive until the new file takes up the same sectors. That is to say, the previous data is overwritten. Such an interval makes it possible for data recovery.

However, in the case of permanently deleting a file on the SSD, it will clear the data the next time when the computer is idle to make the sectors ready for use. This is realized by the TRIM, an Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) command. With this feature enabled, it's difficult to recover deleted files from an SSD of MacBook.

How to check if TRIM is enabled

Generally, the SSD TRIM is enabled by default on MacBooks. You can check this info easily within several steps.

  • Click on the Apple icon > About This Mac. Then click on System Report. Or press and hold down the Option key and then select System Information.
  • On the left pane of the System Information window, under Hardware, Find NVM Express or SATA/SATA Express. It depends on what the interface of your Mac internal SSD is.
  • On the right pane, scroll down until you find TRIM Support. If it appears Yes, then the TRIM command is running, vise versa.
Check SSD TRIM on MacBook SSD

Can I recover data from SSD even if TRIM is enabled

It could not be better if you find the TRIM is disabled, although there is a small probability. In this way, your SSD would not know which sector in the drive contained useless information. Thus, the drive will not erase the existing information until new information is written to the sector, similarly with HDD. Then data recovry of SSD is highly possible.

Even if the TRIM is enabled on your MacBook, there is still a chance to recover data from the SSD. As we said before, the TRIM command works to erase useless data when the computer is idle, not being used by any program. So if the SSD has not yet been through TRIM, you can get those files back. So you should recover files from the SSD, the faster, the better.

When you need to recover data from MacBook SSD

The scenario varies for different MacBook users when there is a need to perform an SSD data recovery on MacBook Air/Pro. In certain cases, you can be aware of the risk of data loss on your MacBook SSD, but some are not. However, some signs still indicate a potential MacBook SSD failure, which may eventually lead to data loss.

With that in mind, we conclude the most common scenarios and signs you may encounter on your MacBook Air/Pro when SSD data recovery is a must. You should recover your files from the MacBook SSD as soon as possible, if any of the following situations befall you.

Permanently delete files from an SSD. 4 kinds of operations you performed will lead to this result, including using the keyboards combination Option + Command + Delete, choosing to Delete Immediately in Finder, manually emptying the Mac Trash, and the deleted items have been removed from the Trash after 30 days.

permanently delete fils from MacBook SSD

Misoperation on the SSD of MacBook. This covers unintentionally deleting an APFS partition/container, reformatting a drive, partitioning a volume, and so forth. All of these give rise to data loss on your hard drive, with all the data stored being erased.

Virus and malware attacks. Such a malicious computer program keeps you from functioning normally, usually damages Mac devices, steals your data, deletes files, etc. Therefore, it is the most common case that you fail to open a file that is corrupted due to a virus or malware attack. Recover data quickly and remove virus from Mac.

Physical damages on the MacBook SSD. If the MacBook suffers a heavy drop, overheat, and liquid immersion, some sectors or even the whole internal SSD may be damaged. A corrupted SSD will endanger the stored data on the drive.

Along with the above scenarios, it is also recommended to perform an SSD data recovery in the first place when confronted with MacBook Pro screen flickering, MacBook Won't Turn on, MacBook is crashed/dead, MacBook black screen of death, Mac Stuck on Loading Screen, etc. to avoid a data loss.

SSD failures on Mac

Solutions to recover data from MacBook SSD

Once you find you lose some files, or accidentally delete important files on your MacBook SSD, you should stop any operation on the device to prevent the data from being overwritten, increasing the chance of data recovery. Then retrieve those files as soon as possible. Here are some effective methods to apply.

Solution 1. iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac(Easy and Secure)

Since data recovery of SSD is such a great need, there are many Mac data recovery software on the market. Among all of them, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac performs competently.

This reliable and secure Mac data recovery program supports various kinds of data recovery, including APFS drive data recovery, formatted drive recovery, SD card recovery, corrupted external hard drive recovery, presenting quick data recovery process, better recovery results, and a higher recovery rate.

Steps to recover lost or deleted files from MacBook SSD with iBoysoft Data Recovery:

boot Mac into Recovery mode
  • Choose a network for the Mac, and keep the Internet being connected all the time.
  • Open Terminal from Utilities drop-down menu.
Launch Terminal in Recovery mode
  • Run the following command to launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac in macOS Recovery mode.
sh <(curl http://boot.iboysoft.com/boot.sh)
  • After the program is launched, you can start to rescue files.
  • In the main interface, you can select the MacBook SSD in the list.
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  • Click on the Scan button. This data recovery software will start scanning for lost files on the drive.
  • Preview the scanning results and choose the files you want to get back.
  • Click on the Recover button. Choose a different location to store the recovered files.
preview and recover data from Mac drive

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is fully compatible with mac OS Extended 10.9 and later, even the latest macOS 12 Monterey. And it works well on both Intel-based Macs and M1-powered Macs including M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max. What's more, it provides a free version of the software, so you can download it and have a try.

Solution 2. Backup and Restore with Time Machine

Time Machine is Mac's own backup utility. It backups everything on your Mac by creating images or snapshots. With Time Machine turned on, you can restore a specific file or the whole system from it.

Check whether you have enabled Time Machine on your MacBook. Go ahead to Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Time Machine. If the box next to Back Up Automatically has been checked, you probably have backed up the files you want to retrieve with Time Machine. Then you can use Time Machine backup to find your lost and accidentally deleted files and restore to your Mac.

Steps to restore data from MacBook SSD with Time Machine:

  • Connect your Mac with the Time Machine backup drive. Enter password if asked.
  • Open a window of the folder where your file was stored. (optional)
  • Click the Time Machine icon at the menu bar > Enter Time Machine.

If you can't find the icon of Time Machine on the Menu Bar, you need to add it from System Preference. Click on Apple icon > System Preference > Time Machine, then check the box next to Show Time Machine in menu bar on the buttom of the pane.

show Time Machine in menu bar
  • Scroll over to find the specific file for recovering files from the Time machine or use the Up/Down arrows.
  • Select the desired file and press Space Bar to preview it.
  • Click Restore. You can check the file at its original location on the MacBook.
restore data with Time Machine

It is always necessary to back up your Mac especially you have important files stored on it. Thus you can avoid a potential disaster of data loss when the Mac is attacked by a virus, Mac suffers physical damages, and so forth. If there is no backup, move back to solution 1.

Solution 3. Send to local repair

Perhaps, it is the physical damage on the MacBook SSD that makes your files corrupt or disappear, be it the drive is overheated, has been dropped heavily, is excessively worn out, etc. The last resort is to send it to a local repair store, providing data recovery service. A technician may help to get the files back.

To sum up

MacBook Air/Pro equipped with SSD indeed optimizes Mac's performance in read and write speed. But it also contributes to the difficulty in data recovery. Luckily, there are still methods to troubleshoot, using Mac data recovery software, restoring from Time Machine backup, or seeking help from a technician. Give it a shot when you need to recover files from MacBook SSD.

FAQs about recover data from MacBook SSD

Can data be recovered from MacBook SSD

Yes, you to recover files from internal SSD on your MacBook even if the SSD TRIM is enabled. The key is to stop using the MacBook immediately when you find you delete or lost files on the SSD, and use a professional data recovery software like iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery to retrieve lost files as soon as possible. It is highly possible before the data is overwritten.

How do I recover files from my MacBook SSD

You are only a few steps away from recovering files from your MacBook SSD. You should download iBoysoft data recovery, launch the program and select the drive where your files were previously stored, then click the Scan button to find all your lost and deleted files, then preview the results and recover the desired files.

How to disable SSD Trim on MacBook Air/Pro

Before turning SSD TRIM on, make sure you're logged into your Mac with an account that has Administrator privileges. Then open Launchpad > Other, Run Terminal, type the following command in Terminal: sudo trimforce disable, then press Return. Type your password when asked and press Y when you see a notice to finalize the process.

Does Apple offer data recovery

No, Apple doesn't offer professional data recovery services. If you need to recover data from a MacBook, you should get in touch with a data recovery center. Using cutting-edge tools and techniques, data recovery professionals are able to reliably recover lost data from any MacBook.