I have a Western Digital external hard drive that is not recognized by Mac anymore. When I plug it in, the hard drive does not show up in Finder or Disk Utility, does anyone know how to recover lost data from unrecognized drive on Mac? Any suggestion will be appreciated.
When a hard drive or external hard drive not recognized by your Mac computer, people always indicate that the drive can't be found in Finder or it is not showing up in Disk Utility. In this situation, the drive along with all data stored inside becomes inaccessible. What's worse is that you forget to back up important files. How to recover lost data from undetected hard disks on Mac? How to recover files from external hard drive not detected Mac? Here is a detailed tutorial.
How to recover lost data from unrecognized drive on Mac?
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Moreover, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac bails users out of a variety of scenarios, including accidental deletion, reformatting, non-mounting partitions, hard drive failure and system crash. It is compatible with almost all latest macOS, ranging from macOS Big Sur 11/Catalina 10.15/Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/Sierra 10.12/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.
Tutorial to recover lost data from unrecognized drive on Mac:
Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.
Step 2: Launch this program. Select the unrecognized drive and click "Next". The program will start scanning this drive for recoverable files.
Step 3: After the scanning process finishes, you can click the found files and preview.
Step 4: Choose what you want to get back and click "Recover".
How to fix hard drive not recognized on Mac?
After recovering data from unrecognized drive on Mac, you can follow some effective solutions as below to fix hard drive or external hard drive not recognized on Mac.
Solution 1: Set Preference to show external drive on Desktop/in Finder
If your external disk is unrecognized on Mac, chances are that the drive is not set to show on desktop or Finder.
Step 1: Go to Finder > Preferences >Sidebar/General tab.
Step 2: Select "External disks" under "Devices" or "External disks" under "Show these items on the desktop" and then our connected external drive will appear in Finder or on desktop.
Solution 2: Mount hard drive in Disk Utility
If the hard drive is not mounted, it will not show up in Finder. Go to Applications > Utilities > Disk Utilities, try right clicking the drive and choose Mount button.
Solution 3: Repair unrecognized hard drive via First Aid
Step 1: Go to Applications > Utilities > Disk Utilities.
Step 2: Select the unrecognized drive and click First Aid on the top.
Step 3: Wait till the reparation process finished.
Solution 4: Erase the unrecognized drive
The next solution is to erase the unrecognized drive. These steps will remove all data stored on the drive, please make sure you have backed up.
Solution 5: Send it to an expert for reparation
If none of these solution above fails to fix hard drive not recognized on Mac, the drive may be physically damaged. You can try iBoysoft Data Recovery to recover lost data from unrecognized drive. Because sometimes it can detect the drive that can't be detected by Mac machines.