Recovering Data from Failed Mac Hard Drive

As the hard drive in your Mac machine is the only data storage device in it, it serves your purpose of storing data right from the time you start using your Mac. Sometimes, your Mac hard drive fails because like any other device or object it also has a certain life span that varies depending on several factors such as the way it is used and how long it is used. Well, if it fails, you can certainly replace it with a new one. However, replacing your hard drive is not the solution because its failure has severe impacts. Your hard drive malfunctions and prevents you to access the stored data.

There are many reasons due to which a hard disk device fails, some of the prominent reasons include Manufacturer fault, Heat, Electro static or power failure, Internal failure due to bad sectors, File system corruption and many more. There are some signs through which you can get the hint about hard disk failure that is going to happen sooner or later. Some of the symptoms are listed as below:

  • Computer freezing while the booting process
  • The HDD not recognized by the operating system
        • Clicking sound from hard disk drive
  • Operating system failing to start in a proper manner, etc

However when it comes to diagnosing and resolving hard drive failures, Mac uses a built in application called “Disk Utility”. This tool tests and fixes minor problems from hard disk and other storage devices; procedure to use Disk Utility and fix your failed hard drive is given below:

Note: if the failed hard drive is the start-up disc, you will need to insert the Mac OS disc and restart the Mac while holding down the "C" key. This forces the computer to start from the CD or DVD from which you installed the system originally.

  • Step 1: Open Disk Utility application, you can open it by going to the Applications folder->Utilities and double-clicking on the program
  • Step 2: Choose the hard drive from the left panel in Disk Utility. Select “First Aid” option, this will enable four buttons on the bottom of the application Window
  • Step 3: Click on “Verify Disk” option to perform quick scan of the hard disk, which tells you if the problem exist, then you can click on “Repair Disk” button to repair the failed hard drive or
  • Step 4: Choose “Restore” button to recover data from your failed hard disk, if repairing the hard disk doesn’t work

Since, Disk Utility is an unsophisticated program; it doesn’t provide overly extensive hard drive repairs and management options. The tool only fixes minor problem and recovery of data from the failed hard drive is also very minimal. So in order to retrieve complete data from your failed hard drive, you must opt for powerful data recovery software.

Which recovery software to opt for?

Yodot Mac Data Recovery software is very trusted and reliable software, which you can use to recover your data from failed hard drive. This tool supports recovery of files from file system including HFSX, HFS and HFS+ on Mac hard disk. More to this the tool not only retrieves data from failed hard drive, but also recovers data from other devices like external hard disk, USB Drives, memory cards, digital media players and many more storage devices.

Steps to restore data from failed Mac hard drive


  • At first, disconnect the failed hard drive from your Mac machine and plug it to a healthy Macintosh as slave drive
  • Download Yodot Mac Data Recovery software to that Mac computer and install the application
  • Select either of the two options, “Volume Recovery” or “Formatted / Reformatted Recovery” based on your scenario
  • The tool scans and displays all the physical disk connected to the system, choose the slave drive and click on “Next” button
  • The software displays all the Volumes present from the selected physical disk
  • Choose the Volume from where data is to be recovered
  • In the next window, you can select the desired file types which you want to rescue back or simply click on “Mark All” option
  • The application displays all the lost and deleted data from the selected Volume, select the files and folders which you want to obtain back
  • Finally, save the rescued files to your desired location, although not to the same physical hard disk from where data was recovered

Things to Remember

  • Make sure you backup your important files and folders before performing any Mac OS installation, format or up gradation
  • Don’t use your hard disk device after any data loss situation
  • Regularly backup your important data by making use of “Time machine” utility
  • Don’t use any third party application to create or delete Mac Volumes

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