How to retrieve files from broken MacBook Pro/MacBook Air/iMac?

Posted by Vivian to Mac Data Recovery on January 15th, 2019

Nobody can avoid breaking a laptop or computer by accidentally dropping, extruding, hitting, etc. These accidents will make your MacBook unbootable and even make your data inaccessible. However, people often forget to back up data and regret until data gets lost. At that moment, they will be eager to retrieve files from this broken MacBook. But how? The tutorial introduced in this page will tell you how to retrieve data from broken MacBook with no fuss.

Solutions to retrieve files from broken MacBook

If your broken Mac computer is unbootable or the Mac stuck on loading/logging screen when you press the power button, the disk in this MacBook could be suffering from some logical errors or file system corruption. At this point, you need to stop using this Mac computer because any further operations could overwrite the original data.

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can retrieve files from broken, unbootable, crashed, dead MacBook/MacBook Pro/MacBook Air/iMac. It also can recover documents, photos, emails, etc. from unreadable/unrecognizable/formatted drives. Moreover, this Mac data recovery software can recover deleted data from Trash, recover data from startup hard disks on macOS Mojave/High Sierra/Sierra and OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Solution 1: Retrieve files through online iBoysoft Server

If you have only one Mac computer, you can retrieve files from this broken MacBook by running iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery bootable media through iBoysoft Server. The following steps will help you get data off the broken MacBook.

Step 1: Press Command + Option + R keys immediately when you boot the broken MacBook.

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

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

Step 4: Select the disk in the broken MacBook and click "Next" to search for data.

Step 5: Preview and choose the files you want to get back, then click "Recover" to extract files from this broken MacBook.

Solution 2: Retrieve files by creating a bootable recovery drive

If you have two Mac computers, you can boot this MacBook and retrieve files by creating a bootable drive.

Step 1: Download, install and launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on another Mac computer.

Step 2: Click iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on the left top menu bar and select "Create Boot Drive".

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

Step 3: Insert a USB drive into the healthy Mac computer.

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

Step 4: Follow the wizard to create a bootable recovery USB drive.

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

Step 5: Connect iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery bootable USB drive to the broken MacBook and then press Power button and Option key (⌥) to start the MacBook up.

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

Step 6: Select iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery from the boot options.

Step 7: Follow the wizard to scan and retrieve files from the broken MacBook.

Having retrieved files from this broken MacBook, you can erase the boot hard disk in Disk Utility and reinstall Mac operating system under Recovery Mode. After these, your broken MacBook will be usable again.

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