Data Recovery from Bad Mac Hard Drive

Hard disk is the most important component of Mac computers used in home or work place as it has the ability to save significant amount of data within a computer. The storage ability of these devices has increased drastically since the early days of technology, and will likely to advance in the future. Unfortunately their essential weakness still exists; these hard drives will eventually go bad and fail to work at some point resulting in loss of valuable data from Mac machine.

The hard drive that you have used since few years may suddenly start exhibiting some unusual behavior which you didn’t come across from beginning. If your Mac system is taking few minutes to show up its Volume or to open files, then you have to realize that your hard drive is slowly going bad. However later if you here loud clicking noises or see frequent freezing of Mac computer, other error warnings, etc after starting your Mac machine; It is clear that something is wrong with your Mac hard drive, which is in bad state and may stop working at any time. So it’s a good practice to take backup of entire data stored on Mac hard disk before tragedy happens.

There are several reasons, which are responsible for bad Mac hard drive. Some of the prominent causes are listed below:

  • Hard drive failure due to errors
  • Frequent power failures while using Mac system
  • Registry file corruption
  • Partition table corruption
  • Incorrect repartitioning of Volume or hard drive
  • Bad sectors on Mac hard drive etc

Mac operating system shows certain symptoms and gives warning when it turns bad and before it completely stops working. Common symptoms of bad Mac hard drives are as follows:

  • Mac computer displaying blue screen on startup
  • Mac system freezing or hangs up often
  • Continues re-booting of Mac machine
  • Hard disk not getting detected
  • Error messages like “drive cannot be accessed”, “boot drive not found” and many others

How to rescue files from bad Mac hard drive?

However, some users neglect these symptoms and don’t take a copy of their data. And few of them don’t update their backup data regularly. In such situation, the easiest way to access your bad Mac hard drive and backup your files is to use a Live CD. A ‘Live CD’ is a self mounting boot able version of operating system which is contained on a CD / DVD or in some cases a pen drive. By making use of ‘Live CD’, even a system which is unbootable and has severe damage can be accessed. In case, even after using ‘Live CD’ you are not able to backup your files. Then you have to use efficient data recovery software like Yodot Mac Data Recovery for recovering hard drive data mac. by this utility you recover all files/folders which are lost due to various reasons. The software supports recovery of data from all kind of Mac hard disk Volumes like FAT, HFSX, HFS and HFS+. It recovers files from not only bad Mac hard drive but also from corrupted, formatted and failed Mac hard drive.

Using the software

  • Plug out your bad Mac hard drive and connect it to a healthy Mac machine as secondary drive
  • Download Yodot Mac Data Recovery application and install it to the connected Mac system
  • The main screen displays two options, “Volume Recovery” or “Formatted / Reformatted Recovery”
  • Choose the option based on your data loss scenario
  • The application scans and displays all the physical disks connected to the system, choose the bad Mac hard drive and click on “Next” button
  • The application scans again and shows all the Volumes from the selected physical disk
  • Select the Volume from where data is to be recovered
  • The next window, allows you to select the file types which you want to recover, where you can mark the desired file types or simply click “Mark All” option
  • The tool scans again and displays all the lost and deleted data from the selected Volume, choose the files and folders which you want to obtain back
  • Finally, save the recovered files to your desired location, although not to the same slave physical hard disk


  • Don’t store new files on Mac hard disk after losing data from it
  • Immediately backup the data on Mac computer when you get error messages, freezing or re-booting of Mac hard drive
  • Backup your important files, before formatting or reinstalling your Mac operating system

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