Mac Data Recovery | Recover Data from Mac Hard Drive to PC

Myra updated on Aug 12, 2019 to Data Recovery Solution | How-to Articles


When it comes to recovering data from a Mac Hard drive to a PC, there are two ways to go. You can perform data recovery on your computer or retrieve the data on your Mac and then transfer the files from your Mac to the PC. No matter which way you choose, you will need the accomplished data recovery tool, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Recovering data from a Mac hard drive to a PC is never an easy thing to do due to the incompatibility of the file system between Mac and PC. However, it's not without any solutions. If the file system of your Mac is the HFS+, congratulations, you can save your time by getting back your data directly without formatting. If it's not, you also get other ways to retrieve your data. Carry out the one best suited to your needs.

Part 1: Recover Data from a Mac Hard Drive on PC in Two Ways
Method 1: Retrieve Files from an HFS+ Hard Drive
Method 2: Get Back Lost/Deleted Data from a Non-HFS+ Hard Drive
Part 2: Recover Data from a Mac Hard Drive on Mac and Then Transfer Files from Mac to PC

Part 1: Recover Data from Mac Hard Drive on PC in Two Ways

Depending on the file system of your Mac hard drive, there are two ways to recover data from the disk on the PC. The less complex situation is that you want to recover data from an HFS+ hard drive, in which you can scan and retrieve your lost files with reliable hard drive recovery software, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. This powerful tool enables you to recover lost or deleted files from your Mac hard drive without formatting the disk to a Windows compatible format since the tool can recognize the HFS+ file system automatically.

Method 1: Retrieve Files from an HFS+ Hard Drive

Install the software on your PC, connect your Mac hard drive to your computer as an external storage device, then recover your data:

Step 1: Selecting the location

  • Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the drive where you lose your data.
  • Select the very hard drive when you open the file recovery software.
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Step 2: Scanning the drive

  • Click the "Scan" button. The length of the scanning time highly depends on drive capacity.
  • Wait patiently during this process.
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Step 3: Recovering wanted files

  • After the scan, just choose what you need and click "Recover" button to recover lost data.
  • The "Filter", "Search" and "Extra Files" options are helpful for you to find the desired data from a hard drive.
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Method 2: Get Back Files from a Non-HFS+ Hard Drive

If the file system of your Mac hard drive is not HFS+ and you still want to recover data from it on a Windows computer, it will take you more time and energy to get things done. Since the data recovery software cannot recognize the Mac hard drive, you will need to format it. In addition, to avoid a second damage to the files on the disk, you first need to back up the existing files on the Mac hard drive with a third-party tool that can help the PC identify the hard drive. The detailed process:

Step 1: Use a tool like HFSExplorer to copy files from your Mac hard drive to your PC.

Although EaseUS Data Recovery software will get back files from a formatted hard drive, it's better to make a copy first in case of rare data recovery failure. 

Step 2: Connect the disk to your PC, use the free partition manager, EaseUS Partition Master, to format the hard drive to NTFS or FAT, which is depending on the size of your hard drive. (The Mac hard drive will be identified as 'Other' in the tool.)

Step 3: Follow Method 1 to recover data from your Mac hard drive on your PC.

Part 2: Recover Data from Mac Hard Drive to PC

If your Mac can still detect and recognize your hard drive, you can recover data from it first, then transfer the files to your PC with the help of an external hard drive.

Step 1: Download Data Recovery Wizard for Mac on your computer.

Step 2: Recover data from the hard drive to an external storage device.

Step 3: When the data recovery is done, connect the external storage device to your PC, then copy the recovered files to your Windows computer.


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

2. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

3. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

4. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

5. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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