Tips for Recovering Data from Crashed Mac Storage Drive
Today we’re going to share about Tips for Recovering Data from Crashed Mac Storage Drive and teach you about several way to repair your crashed Apple Mac storage drive.
“Recently, my Mac failed to boot into macOS. And, I suspect my storage drive crashed. I’ve no clue what to do next. My Mac contained business-critical data that I need to salvage. Please help out to get back my lost data from the crashed Mac storage drive. Thanks for your support.”
Your Mac won’t boot when its storage drive crashes due to macOS corruption or drive failure. In such a situation, all the stored data will turn inaccessible. But don’t worry, you can prevent data loss due to a crashed Mac storage drive.
In this post, we’ll share a variety of tips for recovering data from a crashed Mac storage drive. Read on to salvage your inaccessible data.
Repair Your Crashed Mac Storage Drive
If your Mac fails to boot due to storage drive crashing, you should try to repair it by booting your Mac into macOS Recovery Mode. Steps are as follows:
- To boot your Mac into macOS Recovery Mode, do the following:
- Power on your Mac
- Press-hold Command + R keys
- Release when Apple logo, spinning globe, or other startup screen appears
- In macOS Utilities window, select Disk Utility then click Continue.
- From the sidebar of Disk Utility, select startup disk (Macintosh HD) then click First Aid.
- Click Run then click Continue.
- Wait till the drive repair process completes—rerun First Aid when the operation fails.
Restore Crashed Mac by Using Time Machine Backup
If you’ve created Time Machine backup of your Mac startup disk before it crashed, you can use it to restore macOS and stored data. Steps are as follows:
- Boot your Mac into macOS Recovery mode, as explained before.
- In macOS Utilities window, select “Restore from Time Machine Backup” then click Continue.
- In “Select a Restore Source” screen, select your Time Machine backup drive, then click Continue.
- In “Select a Backup” screen, select the latest backup, then click Continue.
- In “Select a Destination” screen, select the startup disk (Macintosh HD) then click Restore.
- Restart your Mac once the restore process completes.
Recover Data from the Crashed Mac Drive
If Disk Utility’s First Aid reports, the Mac drive is failing, then back up and replace it with a healthy one. Use Target Disk Mode to access it as an external storage medium on a working Mac.
- Turn on your working Mac then connect your crashed Mac to it by using Thunderbolt or FireWire cable.
- To boot your crashed Mac into Target Disk Mode, power on the Mac, press-hold T key, release when Thunderbolt or FireWire icon appears on display.
- On your working Mac, open Finder to access the crashed Mac as an external storage drive.
- If you can browse the content of the drive, copy required files and folders from it.
- Paste the copied items to another external backup storage device with sufficient space.
- Eject the crashed Mac drive once you back up data from it.
- Install macOS on a healthy internal Mac storage drive then replace it with the failing one.
- Restore manually backed up data from the external backup medium to the revived Mac.
Use Do-it-yourself Mac Data Recovery Software
In case crashed Mac storage drive data can’t be accessed from Target Disk Mode. Use a Mac data recovery software to scan the crashed drive and recover data. Steps are as follows:
- Access your crashed Mac storage drive as Target Disk Mode, as explained before.
- Download and install a Mac data recovery software on the working Mac.
- Choose file types that you want to recover.
- Select the target Mac storage drive then click Scan.
- Preview the files. Save the data on the working Mac.
Send Your Crashed Mac Drive to Data Recovery Service Center
When none of the above tips worked to recover data from your crashed Mac storage drive, you need to contact a Mac data recovery service provider. Don’t worry. Most service providers offer free diagnosis. So, call them to verify and get additional details such as pricing, free drive pickup & drop service, no recovery no price guarantee, etc.
Once satisfied, send your crashed Mac storage drive to its nearby data recovery service center. When experts after diagnosing the drive, express the possibility of data recovery. You can give the go-ahead to recover data from the crashed storage drive with its quoted price.
Crashing of Mac storage drive due to its failure is inevitable. No matter whether your Mac storage drive is an HDD or SSD, it has a lifespan and will eventually fail sooner or later because of ageing and usage. The failure time depends on how you handle your Mac containing the drive. It fails due to spilling of liquid that can damage electronic components, excessive temperature attained by the storage medium, or presence of bad blocks acquired due to use.
When your Mac storage drive crashed due to drive failure or otherwise, use the tips suggested in this post to recover the inaccessible data.
First, repair your Mac startup disk in macOS Recovery mode by using First Aid of Disk Utility. If you’ve backed up your Mac startup disk by using Time Machine before it crashed, restore your Mac from Time Machine backup drive. In case Disk Utility reports the storage drive is going to fail, back up the drive and replace it with a new one.
When you can’t access your drive’s data for backup, use a DIY Mac data recovery software to recover inaccessible data. Finally, if none of the above tips works, send your crashed Mac storage drive to a data recovery service provider to salvage your valuable data.