How to transfer files from broken Mac to new Mac?

By Katrina | Posted to Mac Data Recovery on January 14th, 2019 |
Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery on January 14th, 2019

Hi, my 4-year-old MacBook Pro has died (Model A1260). The people at the Apple Store have confirmed that it's a dead logic board. I have some important files on the computer that were not backed up. How can I retrieve these files? Preferably, I'd like to be able to access these files on a PC, but if need be, I can borrow my friend's iMac to do the transfer. Thanks!

Unlike external devices, internal hard drives are sturdier and they don't run into problems as often as flash drives. But they don't last forever. Sometimes, they tend to get corrupted and you will suffer from data loss. It is not easy to recover files from hard drives on a Mac computer which is functioning well. If you need to transfer files from a broken Mac to a new Mac, things would become more complex. In this article, we will talk about that.

Tutorial to transfer files from broken Mac to new Mac

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is free Mac hard drive data recovery software which has helped lots of users transfer documents, pictures, audios, videos, emails that files from broken Mac to new Mac, recover lost data from dead MacBook Pro/MacBook Air/iMac, recover lost data from unbootable Mac computer, recover lost data from failed internal Mac hard drive, etc.

There is no need to take out the broken Mac internal HD. You are allowed to create a bootable USB and recover lost data or run the software through iBoysoft Server.

Solution 1: If you have only one unbootable Mac computer

If you have only one computer at your hand, the best solution you can try is to run iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery through iBoysoft Server to recover lost data.

Note: To perform the steps below, please make sure you can boot your problematic Mac into Internet Recovery Mode. That's to say, you need to connect it to a network, such as a WIFI network.

  1. Restart your Mac and press Command +Option +R key combinations to boot into Recovery Mode.
  2. Click Utilities in the top menu and select Terminal from the drop-down menu.
  3. Recover Data in Recovery Mode through iBoysoft Server

  4. Type in the command line below:
    s='/private/var/tmp/boot.sh' && curl -o $s http://boot.iboysoft.com/boot.sh && chmod 777 $s && $s
    and then press Enter. This will launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery through iBoysoft Server.
  5. When iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is launched, select the Mac hard drive in the list and click on Next to scan for files on this drive.
  6. select the Mac hard drive

  7. Select the files you want to get back and preview them, and then click on "Recover" to recover them.
  8. Preview files stored on Mac hard drive

Solution 2: If you have two Macs

step 1: Download iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on another Mac computer.

Step 2: Install and launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on the healthy Mac computer.

Step 3: Click iBoysoft Data Recovery on the menu bar and then select "Create Boot Drive".

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

Step 4: Insert a USB drive into the healthy Mac computer.

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

Step 5: Follow the wizard to create a bootable recovery drive on the USB drive.

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

Step 6: When the creation process completes, you can insert the USB drive into the unbootable Mac computer, and then press the Power button and Option key (⌥) to start the Mac.

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

Step 7: Select iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery from the boot options.

If you're running macOS Mojave or earlier, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery will launch immevdiately when your Mac boots up. But, if your Mac is running macOS Catalina, you need two additional steps to launch this program.

Step 8: Wait for your Mac to boot up, open "Terminal" application from "Utilities" drop-down menu.

Open Terminal

Step 9: Run the following command:

'Volumes/Image Volume/boot.sh'

Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery Command

Step 10: Follow the wizard to scan for the lost data on the corrupted internal hard drive, choose the files you want to get back, and then click Recover button.

How to fix a broken Mac computer?

After transferring files from broken Mac to new Mac, you can reformat the system disk and reinstall macOS to make it usable again.

Step 1: Boot your Mac to Recovery Mode: hold down Command + R keys immediately after pressing the power button to turn on your Mac, release the keys until you see the Apple logo.

Step 2: Select Disk Utility from the macOS Utilities menu.

Step 3: Select the broken system drive from the side bar.

Step 4: Click on Erase from the top.

Step 5: Setup the required information to reformat the disk and click Done when finished.

Step 6: Go back to macOS Utilities screen and select Reinstall macOS.

Katrina

Katrina is a data recovery expert @iBoysoft who loves to help readers solve various data recovery problems.