Mac Data Recovery After Repair Corrupt SSD (Solid State Drive)

Updated on April 7, 2021 | Blog   | No Comments  

Overview of Recover Mac Data After Repair Corrupt SSD (Solid State Drive) in Details

Do you have a corrupt Mac solid-state drive on the Mac operating system? Then you have come to the right place. In this article, we are going to tell you how to repair a corrupt Mac SSD. We have discussed how you can choose to repair it using Disk Utility, Terminal, and FSCK Command. If all these methods fail, you can use VikMajra Mac Data Recovery Software. Mac SSD is formatted in the Apple File System, the proprietary file system of Apple Inc. It takes care of the flash storage medium efficiently in Mac operating system. An APFS formatted SSD can easily get corrupted just as any HFS+ format hard drive. A corrupt Mac SSD might not load macOS. Or the external corrupt SSD might turn inaccessible or invisible from Mac. As a result, you won’t be able to access the data that is stored on the corrupt SSD.

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Before we move on to how to repair your corrupt SSD, let’s check out the common reasons for APFS/HFS + SSD corruption. These have been stated below.

  • Partial reinstallation of Mac operating system
  • Inadequate formatting of SSD
  • A sudden power surge or outage 
  • Unsafe ejection of the SSD
  • Unusual Mac shutdown
  • Deletion or corruption of APFS container
  • SSD’s hardware failure

How to Repair Mac Solid State Drive (SSD) Drive- 100% Working Solutions?

Now that you know the common reasons for SSD corruption, let’s check out how you can repair it.

#1)Repairing Corrupt Mac SSD Using Disk Utility

In case of minor APFS formatted SSD corruption, use Disk Utility to repair. The utility offers the ‘First Aid’ option which checks SSD for corruption and then repairs it. For repairing a corrupt APFS SSD, you need to follow the next steps given below.

a)For external SSD, first, go to ‘Finder’ and then ‘Utilities’ to open ‘Utilities’. Now, double-click ‘Disk Utility’ for opening the disk management app.

b)For internal SSD, restart or start the Mac and then hold ‘Command + R’ keys. As soon as you see the Apple logo, release them. Mac will boot into macOS Recovery mode. Now, from the ‘Utilities’ window, choose ‘Disk Utility’ and click on ‘Continue’’.

c)From the ‘Disk Utility’ sidebar, choose APFS or HFS and volume or disk that you plan on repairing. 

d)Now, just click on the ‘First Aid’ tab and ‘Run’. This will make Disk Utility repair the corrupt SSD. 

If the SSD is about to fail, Disk Utility will display a message stating that you can’t repair the drive anymore. Disk Utility will also ask you to take a backup of the data and then replace the disk.

#2)Repairing Corrupt Mac SSD Using Terminal

The Terminal app on Mac is a robust tool for performing low-level operations and tasks on containers and volumes. In case Disk Utility fails to repair the corrupt SSD, you can try out the Terminal command for fixing logical damages.

Check out the steps you have to follow.

a)For an external SSD, you need to go to ‘Finder’ and then ‘Application’. Thereafter, from ‘Utilities’ choose ‘Terminal’ by clicking on it. This will open the application. 

b)For internal SSD, boot Mac into mac operating system Recovery mode. Go to ‘Utilities’ from the menu bar at the top to open ‘Terminal’. This will open the ‘Terminal’ app.

c)Type diskutil list at the command prompt and then click on ‘Return’. Make sure you note down the ‘identifier’ of the SSD. 

d)Insert diskutil verify volume SSD_ID in the given space and click on ‘Return’. In case the SSD is the startup disk, use ‘/’ as the SSD identifier or type SSD identifier. 

e)In case no error is shown during the verification, SSD repair isn’t going to be useful. If the Mac drive is corrupt and has to be repaired, just type diskutil repair Volume SSD_ID and click on ‘Return’. Make sure that you use the right identifier.

#3)Repairing Corrupt Mac SSD Using FSCK Command

In case both Disk Utility and Terminal fail to repair the corrupt SSD, you can try the file system consistency check command. The steps for this have been given below. 

3.1)Restart the Mac and then press the Command and S keys simultaneously. When the white text appears on the screen, release them. Mac will boot into a Single User mode.

3.2)Type diskutil list at the command prompt and then click on ‘Return’. Remember, the SSD’s disk.

3.3)Next, insert /sbin/fsck_apfs –fy /dev/disk# and click on ‘Return’.

3.4)In case you see the message ‘File system was modified’, make sure you rerun the command and then click on ‘Return’.

3.5)If the message ‘The Volume (name) appears to be OK’ is displayed on the screen, type ‘reboot’. This will boot Mac normally.

However, if none of the above methods work or seems too complicated for you, use VikMajra Mac Recovery Software. With this, you will be able to recover inaccessible data from the corrupt SSD. It is easy to use and can recover data accurately in no time. All you have to do is download it on Mac and run it.

#4)Using Mac Data Recovery Software to Recover Data from Corrupt SSD

To recover your data using the VikMajra Mac Data Recovery Software, you will have to follow the steps given below.

4.1)Download and install the free software’s trial version on your Mac.

4.2)Next, on the screen ‘Select What to Recover’, you can customize your scan or recover everything. Thereafter, click on ‘Next’.

4.3)In the screen ‘Recover From’, select the corrupt SSD from which you would like to recover the data and then click on ‘Scan’. The software looks for the files that can be recovered. It might take some time to scan the files. 

In case the scan doesn’t generate the desired result, you have to run a ‘Deep Scan’ and click on the ‘Click Here’ option present at the bottom of the software screen.

a)In case the SSD partition isn’t visible, click on ‘Can’t Find Volume’ from the ‘Recover From’ screen. Thereafter, click ‘Scan’.

b)Select the MAC SSD which contains the partition and click on ‘Search’. In case the desired partition isn’t found, opt for further ‘Deep Scan’.

c)Under the section ‘Partition Found’, select the desired partition and just click on ‘Scan’.

4.4)After the scanning process is done, click on ‘OK’. In case required, you have the option to abort the scanning process in between simply by clicking on ‘Stop’. Moreover, there is an option to save the present scanning information which allows you to postpone the recovery process. Load the scan information later to recover important data. All you have to do is ensure that the drive is connected to the Mac prior to loading the scan information.

4.5)Click on a particular file for checking the preview. Choose the desired files from the list and just click on ‘Recover’.

4.6)Click on the ‘Browse’ option given on the ‘Recover’ message box. You have to find the destination where you would like to save the data and click on ‘Save’. The recovered data from the corrupt SSD is going to be saved in your preferred location.

Remember the trial version of Mac Data Recovery Software allows unlimited SSD scans for free. It also lets you preview the file. For saving the recoverable data from the corrupt SSD, you have to activate the software. 

Final Words

MAC SSD corruption is a common problem. Hence, to protect yourself from data loss, back up the HD using Time Machine. In case you do not have Time Machine backup, you can try out the methods we have discussed above.

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