How to recover lost data from Fusion Drive on iMac/Mac mini?
Summary: What is a Fusion Drive on Mac? Is it possible to recover lost data from Fusion Drive on Mac? Keep reading to find out the answers and learn how to recover lost, missing, deleted data from Fusion Drive with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.
What is a Fusion Drive?
A Fusion Drive is an intelligent and automatic data management system introduced by Apple in 2012 and is supported by the iMac and Mac mini models only. It integrates two different storage media: a flash storage, usually an SSD, and a hard disk drive. A Fusion Drive appears as a single volume on Mac. Though a Fusion Drive makes the most use of the fast speed of SSD and the large capacity of HDD, it is born with drawbacks, too. For example, the complex configuration significantly increases the chances of data loss, and once that happens, it's much harder for users to recover lost data from Fusion Drives on Mac.
About Fusion Drive data recovery
Is it possible to recover lost data from Fusion Drive? Yes, but it depends. The Fusion Drive is great for performance and cost, but it's highly problematic if your HDD fails or if your Mac gets errors, because you have to recover lost data from both the HDD and SSD. Data loss on Fusion Drives can be caused by accidental deletion, mistakenly disk formatting, file system corruption, virus or malware infection, etc. Once that happens, you're in the danger of losing all precious memories. The good news is, data lost from Mac Fusion Drive HDD is recoverable with professional Fusion Drive data recovery software iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.
Let's go on to learn how to recover lost data from split Mac Fusion Drives.
iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery - reliable Fusion Drive data recovery software
iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is able to recover lost data from Fusion Drive HDD, even when it is unmountable, unreadable, inaccessible, formatted on Mac. It supports recovering various files from Mac Fusion Drives, including Mac photos recovery, videos recovery, documents, music, emails recovery, and so on. It's fully compatible with iMac, Mac mini models and macOS Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra.
Besides Fusion Drive data recovery, this Mac data recovery software can also recover lost data from external hard drives, USB flash drives, SD cards, memory cards, etc.
How to recover lost data from Mac Fusion Drive HDD?
Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on your Mac.
Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery, and select the hard disk drive of the split Fusion Drive.
PS: If the Fusion Drive is APFS-formatted, and is severely damaged or corrupted, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is able to detect the lost APFS partition and recover lost data from it. So, if the APFS Fusion Drive isn't listed on the screen, you can click "Find Lost APFS Partitions" option on the top right corner to have a try.
Step 3: Click "Next" to scan for the lost data.
Step 4: Preview the scanning results by clicking Preview button in the preview mode. iBoysoft Data Recovery can preview documents, photos and play videos, audios, etc. in the preview mode.
Step 5: Choose files you want to get back and click "Recover" button to recover lost data from Mac Fusion Drive.
After recovering lost data from Fusion Drive, you can go ahead to fix the drive errors without worrying about data loss.
Apple Fusion Drive vs SSD vs HDD
A Fusion Drive is no faster than an SSD in read-write speed and won't last longer than an SSD, but it is much cheaper than a pure SSD of the same capacity.
And an HDD wins in the large capacity and the cheap price.
So, according to what you frequently do with the drive or the Mac, you need to make a choice among a Fusion Drive, an SSD and an HDD when buying a new Mac.
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