At one point or another, every one has been told to back up their data. Whether they use a Max OS X , or an IPad or IPhone or android devices, backing up your data is very important. However people choose to ignore backing up their data until something bad happens. However, sweat not because there are a few ways you can recover data from your damaged Mac or a damaged external Mac hardware disk.
In case your Mac has a Solid State Drive (SSD) and not a hard drive, recovering files can be difficult. SSDs are much complex to work. So, how to recover data when OS X cannot? Recovery can be hard but do not give up hope and follow the steps given below.
Repairing A Failed Mac Disk or SSD
If you are lucky and it is the first time that your Mac has failed, it may not be beyond repair. If you realise that there is a problem with your Mac however your machine hasn’t crashed yet, the first thing to do is to launch disk utility.
- Open Disk Utility. You will find it in the utilities folder which will be inside your Apps folder.
- There will be a list of disks on the left. Click on the disk you are worried about and then press first aid.
- The first aid will attempt to check and repair the damaged disk drive.
- You may get a warning that the First Aid needs to lock the boot volume. This may be because there may be apps running and First Aid cannot function properly while those apps run. The process will be for a short time period.
- If Disk Utility detects any issues, it may be fixed quickly if you’re lucky.
If you are using Mac OS X or older versions of Mac, you will not be the option of Disk Utility. Instead there will be options such as Repair Disk and Repair Permissions.
Restarting For Recovery
It is an obvious thing for people to do to turn on and off their Mac to reset your system. However, dying disks may not follow the process as easily.
As long as your drive failure isn’t too extreme, restarting in Recovery HD can work. Recovery HD is a partition on the drive. It contains a version of your macOS which you can boot from. This partition does not overwrite your files.
To enter into recovery while restarting your device, hold down Command + R. You will then see the Apple logo. As soon as your device is up and running, click Disk Utility and follow the steps described above. As soon as you start booting from Recovery, make sure you have a new disk drive at hand. Plug it in and secure all the data you need.
Avoid using the drive if you have lost any data. It will only overwrite your documents and you may not be able to recover them. Try out disk management tools such as Disk Warrior as well. These are a few steps on how to recover data when OS X cannot.