5 Best Ways to Recover a Failed Drive, Mac Hard Drive Recovery

5 Best Ways to Recover a Failed Drive, Mac Hard Drive Recovery

Mac Hard Drive Recovery

If your internal or external Mac hard drive is already giving off warning signs of failure and needs Mac hard drive recovery, it may  fail completely within a short space of time. This is why saving the data which is stored on your hard drive is paramount. This article will show you 5 ways that you can use to recover your data successfully even if your own Mac storage media is a hard drive or maybe an SSD. As soon as you have recovered your data, simply use a new storage device piece to carry out an upgrade.

First method: 
This method is highly recommended as no extra wear & tear is involved. Multiple features which can be implemented for hard drive recovery in various circumstances are processed by the software. This data recovery software is advanced and can work on various file systems from APFS, HFS, and HFS+ to EX-FAT, FAT, and also NTFS. This recovery program can be run on Mac for the recovery of damaged internal partitions, hard drives which are unrecognized, SSDs, encrypted volumes, and a lot more. Here are 3 cases of using Mac hard drive Recovery.
Corrupt Volumes/Partitions scan and recovery
This software will auto-switch to Deep Scan when the hard drive, the SSD, or the volume that you have selected is badly damaged. It can carry out advanced file recovery. It uses file-signature search to recover files on a Mac storage that is corrupt. Here is how the process works.
Run the software
Choose the failing drive and turn on Deep Scan to recover all your data and files. Deep scan comes on automatically if you select a corrupt volume
Begin the scan and have all files previewed
Preview files and recover them to a new drive.

Disk Image creation of a Solid state drive that is failing
You can use Stellar Data Recovery for a storage drive’s disk image file creation (HDD and SSD). If you don’t get the best results from Deep Scan, use a feature called “Create Image.” As soon as you create an image file of the hard drive that is failed (or a .dmg), your data can be recovered using the software’s disk image file.
Launch the software after connecting Mac to your storage drive.
Choose Create Image
Select the hard drive to be imaged
Disk Image file should be saved to a larger-size destination
Allow time for the creation of disk image files
Recover the data after successfully creating images
Image files should be scanned preview the data which can be recovered.
Save your data to a new destination by clicking the recover button.

Unmounted hard drive recovery
For a hard drive or a partition which can’t be mounted in the Finder and Desktop, use the following steps–
Run software then select files to be recovered
Goto ‘Select Location’ window and choose the unmounted drive
Begin scanning
Preview the data that is recoverable
Recover the files to another destination

Benefits of using the Software
The software helps you recover corrupt SSD, external hard drive, SD/CF, Time machine, Time Capsule, and corrupt disk. It also helps you erase files from a hard drive that has a password. You can try out the free version first.

Second method – Use Disk Utility First Aid to repair
The recovery partition has Disk Utility. Launch Disk Utility via Recovery Mode and carry out disk repair if the start-up volume of your Mac gets corrupt. Use these steps –
Reboot macOS, then hold down Command + R quickly
After booting in Recovery Mode, launch Disk Utility from the troubleshooting options for your Mac.
Select start-up disk, and then repair disk errors which are cryptic by running First Aid.

If the repair is successful, log-out and boot into your desktop but if unsuccessful, simply refer to the first method discussed earlier to recover your data and repair the disk.

Third method: Use FSCK command to repair your Mac start-up drive
If method 2 fails to work, then a non-GUI mode can be used on OS X and also macOS to repair the failing hard drive. This mode is called FSCK. Use the steps below –
Turn off your Mac
Start up your Mac then quickly hold down Command + S
You will be taken to Single User Mode
The command – /sbin/fsck – fy should be entered
Press Enter
Your Mac HD volume will be analyzed and will give results.

If you see a message saying that your volume appears okay, then your mac is healthy.
If the damaged volume is repaired by the FSCK, you will see a message saying that the file system has been modified. The FSCK should be repeated until again and again so that the file system can be corrected and you see a message saying that your volume appears okay.

Fourth Method: Target Disk Mode
Target Disk Mode uses extra resources like a Firewire cable and also a Thunderbolt Cable to allow a hard disk start-up that has failed to be mounted and accessed. Here’s how to initiate Target Disk Mode with the use of a working Mac and also a Firewire cable–
Ensure that there is a steady power supply to the Macs
Connect the Macs via USB ports using a Firewire 800 or 400 USB cable. A Thunderbolt can be used too
Start-up the Mac and quickly press T
The Mac then takes you to the Firewire mode showing a big Firewire icon
If your Mac is healthy, you should see the icon of the faulty hard drive. A Firewire symbol will be mounted on the icon of the ‘Macintosh HD’. For a Thunderbolt cable, a Thunderbolt cable will be mounted.
Once mounted, you can repair the disk and copy the hard drive’s files to an external hard drive
If this method proves unsuccessful, then consider using the first method discussed earlier to recover your files from the hard drive that is unmounted.

Fifth Method: convert Mac to an External Hard-Drive
The failed start-up drive can be converted into an external hard-drive in order to recover files. Use the steps below –
Get an enclosure for external hard drives from an online store
Extract the internal Mac HD from the Mac system. You can use DIY videos to learn how to do it safely.
Place the internal hard drive inside the enclosure
Use a USB to connect the hard drive to the Mac OS X.
If the hard drive is seriously damaged, it will not be recognized. In this case, you should consider using the first method earlier discussed for Mac hard drive recovery.

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