Recover When MacBook Fails to Recognize External Hard Drive

“I have a 1 TB Seagate external hard drive that I used to back up my PCs and tried to connect it to my MacBook Pro to transfer the files over from my old computers. But the MacBook won't recognize the external hard drive at all. I cannot find my drive anywhere! I checked all my system preferences and everything seems to be right. Still why am I having this issue? Data present on hard drive is very much important for me, as it contains entire back up of my old PC. So kindly help me out to solve this issue”

This is the general issue which you may face while using external hard drives. No need to panic. First, make sure that external power supply is properly powered on and cables are connected correctly. And check that the drive is accurately plugged in, and hasn't wriggled its way out of the port. Also check for loose, damaged or worn cables. If everything is perfect but hard drive is not detecting then remove unrecognized hard drive from your MacBook > Restart MacBook > Connect hard drive, Open Finder window (File > New Finder Window) and scroll down to Devices. The hard drive should be here (underneath Remote Disc) > If not, check External and Not Showing Up sections in Disk Utility > If the hard drive is present, check whether it is mounted or not? Check underneath it for a volume. (It will be grayed out if it’s un-mounted) > Highlight the volume and click the Mount icon.

Even after trying above steps MacBook is not detecting the drive, then issue might be within external hard drive itself. Mac might be unable to recognize it because of various reasons such as virus infection, improper operating, hardware issue, bad sectors etc.

So now, it’s time to look for reliable external hard drive data recovery Mac as the data present on external hard disk is crucial. You should be enough wise while choosing any such tool. The application which you select should ensure the perfect restoration of your data. So here we are suggesting you the most appropriate and trust worthy software called Yodot Mac Data Recovery.

Retrieve data from external hard drive that’s not recognized by MacBook:

Yodot Mac Data Recovery software ensures trouble-free and safe Mac data recovery from your unrecognized external hard drive. It is the most dependable application for your Mac OS X, as it restores data not only from external hard drive; but also from inaccessible, deleted, formatted, re-formatted, re-partitioned and non-bootable Mac volumes, even in severe data loss conditions. It has ability to retrieve files from trash on MacBook pro. It can regain lost as well as deleted data from HFS+, HFSX and FAT drives and including the latest Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) it supports major versions of Mac OS. Also the read-only feature of this utility keeps the original data intact hence, ensures secure recovery of data.

Procedure to Restore Data from Unrecognized External Hard drive:


  • Safeguard your external hard drive from being damage
  • Always maintain multiple backup of your vital data
  • Handle storage devices with care

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