How to Run Mac Data Recovery in Recovery Mode [Without Creating USB Drive]

This post discusses how to run Mac data recovery in Recovery Mode when your Mac won't boot up. Consider EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac, a professional data recovery tool that can help you recover data from macOS Recovery Mode.

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Suppose your Mac suddenly stops working, and you can not boot it up; don't worry about losing data! We will introduce an effective method to run Mac data recovery in Recovery Mode!

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac can be launched in macOS Recovery Mode on a Mac without creating a bootable USB drive and downloading the installer on it. So you can run Mac data recovery in Recovery Mode when your Mac suddenly dies due to hardware issues, malware, operating system corruption, etc.


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Before recovering data from a Mac that won't turn on, you should prepare 2 things in advance:

  • Link the Mac power supply to avoid data loss caused by power failure during the data recovery process.
  • Prepare a large-capacity external disk to ensure that it can store the data stored on the unbootable Mac.

Then, follow the steps below to recover the stored data on your Mac in macOS Recovery Mode!

Step 1. Boot Your Mac into macOS Recovery Mode

Macs with different chipsets have different ways to enter Recovery Mode, and you can refer to the steps below to find the detailed steps for your Mac model:

Shut down your Mac, press and hold the power button (Touch ID) until you see "Loading startup options". Select "Options" and click the "Continue" button to enter the macOS Recovery Mode.

click Options

Completely turn off your Mac and turn it on when pressing down "Command + Option + R" together. Hold these keys until you see a spinning globe on your Mac's screen.

  • For T2-secured Macs:

Turn your Mac on and immediately press down the "Command + Option + Shift + R" keys together. Hold them until you see the spinning globe on Mac's screen.

Before running Mac data recovery software in recovery mode, you should check the internet connection. Launching EaseUS software in macOS Recovery Mode requires a network to install the software from its server.

Step 2. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Software with Terminal

After checking the internet connection, you can launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac in macOS Recovery Mode using Terminal. Here's how to launch the EaseUS software with Terminal:

Step 1. Select "Utilities" from the top menu, and click "Terminal" in the drop-down options.

choose Terminal

Step 2. Enter the command below and hit "Return".

sh <(curl

type command

This command line will open the professional Mac data recovery software. Wait for the application to open, and it will take several minutes.

terminal launch EaseUS software

If the Terminal says "No such file or directory" or "Could not resolve host", you should check that the command line you typed is spelled correctly (it is recommended that you copy and paste this command line directly), that your Mac's internet connection is stable, or that your macOS version is not lower than macOS 10.12.

If your Mac is completely dead or the Mac Recovery Mode is not working, you need to create a USB installer to access its data. We also provide an article about recovering data from a dead Mac; take a look if needed.

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Step 3. Recover Mac Data in Recovery Mode with the EaseUS Tool

Wait for the EaseUS software window to appear on your Mac screen, and you can see the different storage locations in the left sidebar. Follow the steps below to recover Mac data:

Step 1. Select the location

Select the disk where your Mac data is stored, and click "Search for lost files". The EaseUS software will quickly locate all the recoverable data on the selected disk volume.

Search for lost files

Step 2. Find the data you want

EaseUS software categorizes the scanned recoverable data by file type and storage path, and you can find the data you want by clicking "Type" or "Path" in the left panel. Check the boxes in front of the data you want to recover.

choose the files you want

Step 3. Recover and save your data

Click the "Recover" button, and a pop-up window will show up saying, "Please select a target location to save". Choose the external disk as the new storage location of your recovered data.


This post provides a full tutorial about how to run Mac data recovery in Recovery Mode in three steps: boot the Mac into Recovery Mode, launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac with Terminal, and recover data with the EaseUS software.

Mac Data Recovery in Recovery Mode FAQs

Here are questions people frequently ask when their Mac suddenly becomes unbootable and needs data rescued from it. Take a look.

1. How do I access data from a dead Mac?

Here are tested methods that you can refer to access data from a dead Mac:

  • Recover data from a date Mac through Data Recovery Services
  • Recover files from a date Mac via EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac
  • Create a macOS bootable USB drive to access data from a dead Mac
  • Remove the dead Mac hard drive and insert it into a working Mac to recover data

2. Why is Macintosh HD not showing up in macOS Recovery Mode?

Here are the leading causes why Macintosh HD does not show up in Recovery Mode: corrupted file system, connector corruption, Mac hard drive failure, virus attacks, etc.

3. Can you retrieve files from a dead MacBook?

You can retrieve files from a dead MacBook. If your Mac can enter the macOS Recovery Mode, you can run Mac data recovery with a network in this mode by the following steps:

Step 1. Enter the macOS Recovery Mode, and click "Utilities > Terminal" at the top menu.

Step 2. Copy and paste the command: sh <(curl, and hit "Return". This command will help you launch a powerful data recovery tool without creating a USB drive.

Step 3. Wait for the software window to appear. Choose the disk volume, and click "Search for lost files". This handy tool will find all the recoverable data on your Mac.

Step 4. Prepare a large storage device to save the recovered data. Click "Recover" to recover your Mac data.

However, if your Mac is completely dead, you need to remove the disk from the dead Mac. Insert it on a working Mac computer, and you can connect an external drive and copy the stored data from your dead Mac disk.

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