MacBook Pro Recovery: How to Recover Data from Dead MacBook Pro Hard Drive

Abby Haines updated on Feb 22, 2020 to Mac File Recovery | How-to Articles


When the MacBook Pro is dead/crashed and can not boot properly, the first thing you need to do is getting the files off the dead device. How to recover data from dead MacBook Pro or MacBook Air safely and easily? Try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac recommended here to recover data from MacBook Pro hard drive in the simplest way.

You can follow this page to either repair a failed hard drive on Mac or recover data from a dead Mac hard drive.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Repair a failed hard drive
  • Restart your Mac computer firstly.
  • Press and hold Command + R keys.
  • Click "Disk Utility" and then "Continue"...Full steps
Fix 2. Recover data from a dead Mac hard drive
  • Create EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard bootable disk
  • Perform three-step data recovery...Full steps

"After many years, my MacBook Pro was dead and stopped working last week. It can't turn on from then on and gets stuck trying to boot up. Is there any way I can get my files off the dead MacBook Pro?"

As one of the best desktop devices, MacbookPro elevates the notebook to a whole new level of performance and portability. Although Macbook Pro normally works in most cases, something wrong may occasionally happen, as it may suddenly get crashed or dead due to various reasons.

  • Wear and tear, or aging
  • System crash
  • Hard drive failure
  • Virus attack
  • Too many bad sectors

When the problem occurs, you can neither boot the MacBook Pro nor can you access the data on the hard drive. At this time, the first thing you can do is to use the built-in Disk Utility to repair the corrupted hard drive that leads to dead Mac. If this doesn't work, and you don't have a backup before, the safest way to get data off the dead MacBook Pro is using a professional Mac data recovery software. Read on and see the detailed how-to guide.

How to Repair a Failed Hard Drive on MacBook Pro

Disk Utility can fix some disk problems, like MacBook Pro is dead and won't start up as well as multiple apps quit unexpectedly, a file is corrupted, an external device doesn't work properly. After you have restored the data to a safe place, you can try to use the Disk Utility to check for errors and repair hard drive and volumes.

  • Restart your Mac computer firstly.
  • Press and hold Command + R keys.
  • Click "Disk Utility" and then "Continue".
  • Go to "View" > "Show All Devices".
  • Choose the Mac hard drive to be repaired.
  • Click "First Aid" and then "Run".

If Disk Utility reports that the disk appears to be OK or has been repaired, you've finished. If Disk Utility tells you the disk is about to fail, you can't repair it, and you have to find a data recovery tool to help you export all the data from dead Mac.

How to Recover Data from Dead MacBook Pro Without Backup

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac is a professional Mac hard drive data recovery program that can recover lost photos, audio, music, documents, emails from failed/crashed/dead MacBook Pro effectively by running EaseUS Mac data recovery bootable media.

Except for data recovery from hard drive, EaseUS Mac data recovery program also supports recovering deleted files from the emptied Trash, external hard drives, USB flash drives, memory cards, SD cards, etc. on Mac OS X 10.6 to macOS Mojave 10.14.

Now, you can follow the tutorial below to create a bootable recovery drive and recover data from the dead MacBook Pro hard drive with a few steps.

How to Create a USB Bootable Media

Step 1. Install and run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac on another Mac computer, select "File" > "Create Bootable USB". Then, choose a USB drive to create the bootable disc.

Mac data recovery from bootable media - step 1

The creator will prompt to erase the drive to reallocate the space; then it can write the bootable files to this drive. Please back up all USB files before processing "Eraser".

Step 2. The program starts to create a 2GB space and save the boot files. The rest space on the USB can be still used for storage.

Mac data recovery from bootable media - step 2

Step 3. Once it completes, please follow the guide to boot the corrupted Mac from the bootable disc and start the recovery.  We suggest you restore the data to an external hard drive. 

Mac data recovery from bootable media - step 3

How to Recover Data from Mac Hard Disk

Step 1. Select the disk location (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or a removable storage device) where you lost data and files. Click the "Scan" button.

select the location where data lost and click scan

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results on the left pane.

scan the selected disk to find lost data on your Mac

Step 3. In the scan results, select the file(s) and click the "Recover Now" button to have them back.

click recover now button to recover lost data on your Mac


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

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

6. 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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