How to Recover Data from Dead Mac Hard Drive- [Error SOLVED]

Updated on April 7, 2021 | Blog   | No Comments  

Overview of Recover Data From Dead Mac Hard Drive in Details

When a Macbook crashes, is dead, or cannot boot properly, you have to recover data from the dead Mac hard drive. But do you know how to recover data from a dead mac hard drive? With VikMajra Mac Recovery Software and other manual methods, you can recover data from MacBook pro. No doubt, Mac is one of the best laptops in the market.

However, you need to know that it’s the hard drive isn’t immune to failure. It can fail just like Windows hard disk drives. Sure, a dead Mac hard drive is just impossible to repair, but you can recover data from a dead Mac hard drive.

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But before you go on to recover data from a dead Mac hard drive, let’s find out why the Mac hard drive failed.

  • Aging or wear and tear
  • Hard drive failure
  • System crash
  • Too many bad sectors
  • Virus or Malware attack

If this problem occurs, you won’t be able to boot MacBook Pro or access the data present on the hard drive. So, you have to recover data using Mac Data Recovery Software. Thereafter, you can use Mac’s built-in Disk Utility for repairing the corrupted drive on MacBook with complete ease. 

The solutions we have provided on this page will work to recover data from the dead Mac hard drive on all Mac devices. In case you have Time Machine backup, just follow the methods in the next part for repairing the failed drive, restore data from the backup, and make Mac bootable.

Troubleshooting Methods to Recover Deleted or Lost Data from a Dead Mac Hard Drive

In case you don’t have a backup, just follow the two methods listed below to recover data from a dead Mac drive. 

#1)Recover Data to an External Hard Drive

VikMajra Mac hard drive recovery software can recover lost audio, photo, document, music, email, etc. from a crashed, dead, or failed MacBook.

With the help of this software, you can also recover deleted files from the Trash Bin, USB flash drives, external hard drives, SD cards, memory cards, etc. that have already been emptied. 

Now, let’s check out how to create USB bootable media. 

a)Install and run the VikMajra Data Recovery for Mac on another computer and choose ‘File’ and then ‘Create Bootable USB’. Thereafter, you will have to choose a USB drive for creating a bootable disc. 

b)The program will start creating 2GB of space and saving the boot files. The remaining space on the USB can be used for storage.

c)As soon as it is complete, you need to follow the guide to boot the corrupt system and begin with the recovery process. We would recommend you to restore the files and documents to an external hard drive.

It is time to find out how to recover data from a dead Mac hard disk. Just follow the steps given below to do so. 

1.Choose the disk location where you have lost the files and data. Now, you will have to click on the ‘Scan’ button. 

2.The data recovery software will scan the chosen disk volume and showcase the scan results on the left pane. 

3.From the scan result, choose the files you want to recover and click on the option ‘Recover Now’ to get them back.

Make sure that you save Mac data that has been restored to another secure and safe external hard drive. 

Now that you have recovered the Mac data, it is time for you to fix the problematic hard drive. 

#2)Recover Data to Another Mac or PC

Important Note: Since the following tips will make your Mac warranty null and void and you are still on warranty, you can choose not to use the tips we have listed.

To try out the steps we will list, you need to have two computers at home. 

First, it is necessary to remove the Mac hard drive and then connect to another computer. The tools you will need for this are a USB cable, a screwdriver, and an external hard drive enclosure. 

a)Open the Mac case and use the screwdriver to remove the hard drive. 

b)Put the Mac hard drive in the external hard drive enclosure. After this, connect to another system you have. 

c)Now check the data. 

  • In case you are using a Windows system, open Windows File Explorer. Double click on it for checking the data on the hard drive.
  • If you are using Mac, double click on the disk symbol on your desktop and see if you can access the hard drive’s data.

In case the data is accessible, you will know you have successfully recovered the data from a dead Mac. However, if the data doesn’t show up, proceed to the next step to restore Mac hard drive data to another computer. 

d)On the Windows system, just download the data recovery software’s Windows version to scan and recover the data on the PC. 

For a Mac computer, you have to follow the 3 steps we have listed below to scan and restore the hard drive data. 

  • Choose the disk location where you have lost the files and data. Then click on the ‘Scan’ option. 
  • VikMajra Data Recovery Software will scan the chosen disk volume and showcase the scan results present on the left pane.
  • In the scan results, choose the files you would like to recover and click on ‘Recover Now’ to restore. 

These steps help in restoring data from dead Mac successfully.

Repairing a Dead MacBook or a Failed Mac Hard Drive

Mac storage drives can fail or don’t load due to file system corruption, drive component failure, and bad sectors. In such cases, you have to use different methods to troubleshoot and revive the failing or failed Mac storage drive.

In the next section, we are going to tell you about the different methods to repair Mac hard drives. 

#1.Repairing Mac Hard Drive Using Disk Utility’s First Aid

Disk Utility is the built-in application in Mac. It can help in solving Mac hard drive issues. If the startup disk is corrupt, the Mac won’t boot. In such a situation, you will have to open Disk Utility in the system’s Recovery Mode to repair the disk. Here are the steps you have to follow. 

a)Switch on the Mac and press and hold the “Command and R” button simultaneously, immediately. As soon as you see the Apple logo, release the keys. The Mac will boot in macOS Recovery mode. 

b)Now, click on ‘Disk Utility’ listed under ‘macOS Utilities’. Thereafter, you will have to click on ‘Continue’. You will see the ‘Disk Utility’ window appearing.

c)From Disk Utility’s left pane, choose ‘Macintosh HD’. This is the startup disk. Now, click on the tab, ‘First Aid’ present on the top panel, and click on the option, ‘Run’. 

d)In case of Disk Utility is successful in repairing the Mac startup disk, restart the system and boot the desktop normally. However, if the repair process fails, try out the next method. 

#2.Repairing Mac Hard Drive Using Single User Mode of FSCK

macOS has a Singer User that can prove to be helpful if you have to solve startup disk issues. If the Mac doesn’t boot, use the FSCK command in Single User Mode to repair the startup drive. For this, you will have to follow the steps given below.

a)Switch on Mac. Press and hold the Command and S keys simultaneously. When you see text appearing in the black background, release the keys. The Mac will load in the Single User mode. 

b)In the command prompt just type in the command ‘/sbin/fsck – fy’ and hit return. If Mac HD doesn’t have any problem, it will display the message ‘The Volume (name) appears to be OK.’ Thereafter, you will have to restart the Mac, normally. 

c)In case if the FSCK repairs the hard drive, the message ‘File System Was Modified’ is displayed. Make sure that you run the FSCK command until you get the message ‘OK’. When the message is displayed, restart Mac normally. 

The FSCK command can repair disk errors in a storage device of Mac. However, it may or may not be able to fix the corrupt startup drive completely. In case the corruption is beyond repair, the macOS’s built-in repair capabilities will try to retrieve ta using its target disk mode.

Final Verdict

All these troubleshooting methods will help in repairing and recovering a dead Mac hard drive. VikMajra Mac Data Recovery Software can recover all types of files from a Mac device. So, use it to recover your important files before repairing the hard drive.

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Poonam Yadav is an expert technical writer and editor with over 10+ years of experience. She has deep knowledge about Software, IT Companies, Tutorials on Different Topics. She loves to explore new technology and DIY tools.

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