How to Retrieve Data From iMac Hard Drive?

bHello everyone, I have stored various personal and official documents on my iMac. After migration of OS X to Mavericks my system is not booting properly. Even if it gets started, it frequently hangs / freezes. I am not even able to copy updated files and folders to other storage device. So, I reinstalled the OS during which the hard disk got completely formatted. Can anyone please tell me how to recover data from iMac hard drive that is been formatted? Please help, any suggestion will be of great assistance.b

iMac is the most popular and first desktop computer by Apple Inc. This legacy-free Macintosh computer was the first desktop to come up with USB port. The various versions of iMac include earlier iMac G3, iMac G4 and revised versions iMac G5 and Intel iMac. iMac requires no external CPU like Windows desktop; everything is just placed within well designed monitor. But it stores all data on 1TB b 3TB SATA hard drive. Hence, any damage to the hard drive will lead to huge data disaster. Given below are few commonly seen instances that cause data loss from hard drive of iMac:

  • Apple Map Corruption: Apple map is the Partition table that holds vital information of all volumes on iMac hard drive and corruption to this Apple Map may result non booting iMac
  • Catalog File Corruption: Catalog file stores information about file hierarchy of volumes. Hence corruption of this catalog file can damage system files that are responsible to boot iMac and can become source for iMac hard drive failure
  • Bad Sectors: Read-write head crash, improper termination of iMac, aging of hard drive and other factors lead to bad sectors on iMac hard disk due to which data becomes unreadable
  • Other reasons: Software or hardware conflicts, dangerous virus attacks, unintentional volume deletion, corruption of hard drive, boot sector corruption and other issues may eventually cause severe data loss from iMac hard drive

When data on iMac hard drive is not readable, then immediately stop using the system for further data activities; because any kind of data read / write process can result in overwriting of lost files, after which recovery of inaccessible data becomes impossible. Very next, make use of best data recovery tool to perform iMac hard drive data recovery.

iMac hard disk data recovery tool:

Yodot Mac Data Recovery is the ultimate choice for recovering data from iMac hard drive on OS X computer. This tool can successfully restore entire data from iMac hard drive that is not working, failed, dead, formatted or corrupted under various reasons. You can rescue files, folders, documents, program files, audios, videos, photos, raw images on iMac on all types of hard drive interface like SATA, ATA, IDE, SCSI, SAS, etc. This software can also regain lost or erased data from flash drives, memory cards, Memory Sticks, iPods and other storage media on Mac computers having OS X versions - Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, EI Capitan and Sierra versions.


Procedural steps to use iMac hard drive recovery program:

  • Connect your iMac drive to a healthy Macintosh as secondary drive
  • Download Yodot Mac Data Recovery tool on that system, install and run it
  • In the main screen, you will find two options; bVolume Recoveryb and bFormatted / Reformatted Recoveryb
  • Click and select appropriate option according to your data loss scenario
  • Next select iMac from shown list of drives
  • Further, specify required file types to be restored or else click on Mark all/Skip option
  • After completion of scan, restored files will be displayed in a list
  • Toggle between "Data Vew" and "File Type View" options to go through retrieved data
  • Select required files and save them on system drive (Not on the same iMac drive)

Notable Tips:

  • Maintain regular backup of necessary data on different storage media
  • Do not use unreliable data recovery programs to restore data as it might corrupt recovered data
  • Take necessary precautions to avoid hard drive irregularities that might result in data loss

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