How to recover lost data from accidentally erased hard drive with Disk Utility?

Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery on December 5th, 2018

I accidentally erased my hard drive in my 2010 MacBook Pro that had all of my information, photos, contacts, you name it... is there any way I can recover my data that was on my MacBook before I erased anything? I'm in desperate need of help to recover all my files.

As a free application included with macOS, Disk Utility can be used to erase, format, repair and create new hard drive partitions. Most of time, we choose to erase a hard drive with Disk Utility when we are ready to sell or give away our old Mac or external hard drive.

However, accidentally erasing an entire hard drive in Disk Utility happens all the time. What to do if we realize that we had not backed up important files on the hard drive? Is it possible to recover formatted hard drive on Mac? This passage will explain the right answer.

Is it possible to recover lost data from accidentally erased hard drive with Disk Utility?

Yes, it is. Because erasing all data does not wipe those files from the hard drive completely, but instead shows the drive as free space. That is to say, the free space still contains all data that we have erased, but those files are hidden from the operating system.

If we continue to use the hard drive and store more data on it, we will write new data over that free space, making the erased files unrecoverable. So, once we accidentally erased a hard drive with Disk Utility, the first thing is to recover erased hard drive/external hard drive on Mac. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to get lost data back with right Mac hard drive data recovery software.

How to recover lost data from accidentally erased hard drive with Disk Utility?

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is a free Mac Data Recovery program that is able to recover data from accidentally erased hard drive with Disk Utility, recover deleted files emptied from Mac Trash, recover photos, videos, documents, music files from hard drive, SSD, external hard drives, USB drives, SD cards, memory cards and other storage devices. No matter the hard drive is unmountable, unreadable, corrupted, formatted, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can correctly detect it and recover files. It is compatible with macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12 and 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Tutorial to recover data from accidentally erased hard drive with Disk Utility

Step 1: Free download, install and launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

Recover data from accidentally erased hard drive with Disk Utility

Step 2: Select the hard drive which has been accidentally erased with Disk Utility and click "Next" to scan lost files on the drive.

Step 3: Preview the searching results, choose files we need, and click "Recover" to get them back.

Step 4: Have a check to ensure we have got all lost files back.

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