How to Get Data Off Dead iMac?

iMac is the wonderful desktop model by Apple that enhanced the usage of desktops among Mac users. It’s attractive and sharp look has made users speechless. Users can store various office files, personal folders, applications, media files, etc. on iMac hard drive. However, these data on hard drive of iMac can be lost when it fails to start up / boot and becomes dead for any reason

iMac hard drive may go dead when it do not respond due to many factors. Some of the main factors are listed here:

  • Aging of hard drive: Using hard drive on iMac for long years will gradually increase problematic issues like sudden freezing of system that is followed by frequent restart process and finally stops working at some point of time
  • Corruption issues: Sometimes corruption of Apple Partition Map or journal that holds necessary information for iMac hard drive booting will cause its failure
  • OS reinstallation: Fatal errors while reinstalling OS on iMac, incorrect way of upgrading the OS version from current one to newer version, etc. can also stop the hard drive from working regularly
  • Severe malware intrusion: Harmful virus infection to the iMac hard drive can corrupt the file structure or boot sector which further corrupts the hard drive and makes it unmountable
  • Piling of bad media spots: Increase in number of bad sectors on iMac hard drive can also result in failure of that disk

In several of these scenarios, users may end up in losing access to important files and folders on iMac as it turns dead and unresponsive. However, if the hard drive is not physically damaged then data on dead iMac drive can be extracted using good Mac data recovery tool. There are many recovery tools available for Mac users, but user should wisely select appropriate Mac recovery tool; because use of unreliable programs can further corrupt the data on iMac drive, resulting in permanent loss of vital data.

Software to recover files from dead iMac:

Yodot Mac Data Recovery is the excellent software to bring back various files and folders from dead iMac hard drive with utmost ease. The tool is brilliantly designed with advanced read-only recovery strategies that safely retrieve each and every file from failed, corrupted, damaged or unbootable hard drives effortlessly. Software can restore files like documents, Pages, Keynote, iWork, pictures, program files and lost or erased volumes from iMac hard drive within few clicks.

It is compatible to rescue data from different Apple hard drive and external hard drive interfaces and rescues files from HFSX, HFS, HFS+ and FAT file systems. This application is also capable of regaining data from hard drives manufactured by Toshiba, Seagate, WD, Iomega, Hitachi, Samsung, Buffalo, Sony, ioSafe, etc. In addition to this, software can retrieve files from other storage components like FireWire drives, external hard drives, USB drives, etc after formatting, reformatting, file system corruption, etc. with extreme ease. The utility can be used on Mac machines running with Mac Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion OS X versions.

Guidelines to extract data from dead iMac:

  • Connect the hard drive of your dead iMac to a healthy Macintosh machine as external / secondary drive
  • Download Yodot Mac Data Recovery to that Mac OS X computer and install it
  • Run the utility to start the recovery process
  • In the main screen, click on ‘Volume Recovery’ option to get back data from dead iMac hard drive
  • Next screen shows all the drives present on the Mac system including externally connected drives
  • Click and select the drive representing iMac hard drive from which data has to be rescued
  • Then, select the file types that you wish to rescue or simply skip this step
  • Now, software scans complete drive to get back possible files
  • Resulting screen shows all the restorable files from that iMac drive
  • Toggle between Data view and File Type view to select required files to recover
  • Then, select a destination location on host system drive and save all your required files

Necessary Tips:

  • Do not save recovered data back to the same iMac hard drive from which it was retrieved
  • Always keep a backup of necessary data from iMac on external hard drives
  • Avoid abrupt termination of iMac that would sometimes cause corruption of its hard drive