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[Solved] Seagate Backup Plus drive not readable, recognized on Mac

Updated on Tuesday, June 28, 2022

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How to fix Seagate Backup Plus drive not readable, recognized on Mac?

Summary: 3 methods to fix 'Seagate Backup Plus drive not readable, recognized on Mac': fix with Disk Utility; recovery data from not readable/not recognized Seagate Backup Plus drive and reformat; seek help from a local technician.

Seagate backup plus not readable recognized Mac

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I have a Seagate Backup Plus drive external hard drive that works perfectly well. But yesterday, this disk suddenly became not readable when inserted into Mac. There are many significant working files on it. Is there any method to fix the 'Seagate Backup Plus drive not readable, recognized on Mac' problem?

Seagate Backup Plus drive is a quite popular kind of external hard drive and can bring us much convenience by storing and transferring files. But there are also times that we encounter errors when using Seagate Backup Plus drive. Like the case above, one of the errors that we may meet is Seagate Backup Plus drive not readable, recognized on Mac.

When getting into this problem, what we care about most is usually the method to fix the 'Seagate Backup Plus drive not readable, recognized on Mac' problem as well as the security of files on the drive. As many users don't know much about how to fix an external hard drive not readable by this computer, this passage will offer methods.

Here are three methods that can be used to fix the 'Seagate Backup Plus drive not readable, recognized on Mac' problem:

Method 1: Fix not readable, recognized Seagate Backup Plus drive with Disk Utility

Disk Utility is a built-in tool on Mac that can help fix errors. The reason why your hard drive is not readable might be that your Seagate Backup Plus is not mounting successfully on Mac.

1. Launch Disk Utility from Utilities.

2. Select the not readable/recognized Seagate Backup Plus drive at the left part of the window.

3. Click First Aid at the top of the window, click Run, and then wait until fixing finishes.

Method 2: Reformat not readable, recognized Seagate Backup Plus drive to make it readable

Since Disk Utility can only fix minor errors, it is very possible that Method 1 fails and we need to reformat the drive to make it readable. But if we directly reformat the drive, we will lose all files on it. So for the security of our files, we should firstly recover lost data from not readable/not recognized Seagate Backup Plus drive, and then fix the drive-by reformatting.

1st Step: Recover lost data from not readable/not recognized Seagate Backup Plus drive on Mac with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is a professional Mac data recovery software that can recover lost data from not readable/not recognized Seagate Backup Plus drive, recover deleted/lost files from external hard drive, recover lost data from formatted external hard drive, recover lost data from unmountable external hard drive, recover lost data from unreadable external hard drive, recover lost data from corrupted external hard drive, recover deleted/lost partition, etc. on macOS 12/11/10.15/10.14/10.13/10.12 and 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7. And it can work fine on M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max Mac.

Aside from the above, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac can also recover lost data from unmountable hard drives, recover lost data from unreadable USB flash drives, recover lost data from unreadable SD cards, etc.

Tutorial to recover lost data from not readable/not recognized Seagate Backup Plus drive on Mac

Step 1: Connect not readable/not recognized Seagate Backup Plus drive to Mac.

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.

scan disk

Step 3: Select the not readable/not recognized Seagate Backup Plus drive and click Next to scan lost files on it.

Step 4: Preview scanning results, choose files we need and then click Recover to get those lost files back.

2nd Step: Reformat not readable/not recognized Seagate Backup Plus drive with Disk Utility

After recovering lost files, we can fix not readable/not recognized Seagate Backup Plus drive on Mac by reformatting.

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Method 3: The not readable/not recognized Seagate Backup Plus drive can't show up in Disk Utility - send it to a local technician for help

If our Seagate Backup Plus drive even can't show up in Disk Utility, it is very possible that the drive has bad sectors or some other serious errors. Naturally, it can't be fixed with the first 2 methods. So we'd better find a local technician to help us get out of trouble.