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

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.

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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 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. Select the drive where you lose your data and click "Scan".

select and scan the hard drive

Step 2. Use "Filter" or "Search" to find the lost files on the selected hard drive.

Preview lost hard drive data

Step 3. Select all the files you want and click "Recover", and browse another secure location to save them.

recover data from hard drive

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.

Notice:
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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Myra joined EaseUS in 2017. As a big fan of Apple products, she mainly focuses on iOS data transfer and iOS troubleshooting tips. Meanwhile, she is expanding her knowledge and skills in other fields like data recovery and disk management. Myra is open-minded and likes both extensive and intensive reading. Other than reading and writing, she is also fond of mobile games and K-pop stars.

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