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

Roxanne updated on May 19, 2020 to Mac File Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

When the MacBook Pro is dead or crashed, or it can not boot properly, the first thing is to recover data from the dead Mac hard drive. How to recover data from dead MacBook Pro or MacBook Air? EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac with Bootable Media and several manual methods will help you to recover data from MacBook Pro hard drive and repair failed/unbootable Mac 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. MacBook Data Recovery

Method 1. Restore Mac data from dead MacBook...Full steps

Method 2. Recover dead Mac hard drive data to another computer...Full steps

Fix 2. Repair Failed Mac Hard Drive

Method 1. Run First Aid to Repair Failed Mac Hard Drive using Disk Utility...Full steps

Method 2. Fix Won't Turn on MacBook Pro or Mac Computers...Full steps

How Do I Recover Data from My Dead MacBook Pro?

"My MacBook Pro died and stopped working last week. It won't turn on from then on and gets stuck in the process of trying to boot up. Is there any way I can recover data from the dead MacBook Pro?"

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

Here is a list of major reasons that may cause you Mac computer died or fail to boot: 

  • Computer 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 get data off the dead MacBook Pro is using a professional Mac data recovery software. Then you can use the built-in Disk Utility or other methods to repair the corrupted hard drive on MacBook Pro with ease. 

The provided solutions on this page also work to recover data from dead Mac hard drive on MacBook, MacBook Air, etc., computers. Read on and see the detailed how-to guide.

MacBook Data Recovery: Recover Data from Dead MacBook Pro 

If you have a Time Machine backup on MacBook Pro, you can follow methods in the next part to repair failed hard drive, make MacBook pro bootable again, and restore Mac data from Time Machine backup. 

If you don't have a backup, don't worry. You can try the following two methods to restore data from dead MacBook Pro to an external hard drive to another computer.

Method 1. Recover Data from Dead MacBook Pro to an External Hard Drive

Professional Mac hard drive data recovery program - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac with bootable media can effectively recover lost photos, audio, music, documents, emails from failed/crashed/dead MacBook Pro.

EaseUS Mac data recovery software also supports recovering deleted files from the emptied Trash, external hard drives, USB flash drives, memory cards, SD cards, etc. on Mac OS X 10.9 to macOS Catalina 10.15.

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

Warning
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

Note: Remember to save the recovered Mac data to another secure external hard drive and then follow methods in the next part to repair the problematic Mac hard drive.

Method 2. Recover Mac Hard Drive Data to Another PC/Mac

Note: As the following tips will break your computer warranty and you are on a warranty, don't try the provided tips. Also, if you are not experienced in removing or inserting hard drive on Mac computers, revert back to Method 1 for help.

If you have two computers at home, you can also try the following steps to restore Mac hard drive data to another computer:

First. Remove Mac hard drive and connect it to another computer

Required tools: a screwdriver, an external hard drive enclosure, and a USB connection cable. 

Step 1. Open your Mac computer case, remove the hard drive with your screwdriver.

Remove Mac hard drive from dead MacBook

Step 2. Put your Mac hard drive into the external hard drive enclosure, and connect it to your computer.

Connect Mac hard drive to another computer

Next. Access and check the data

On Windows Computer: Open the Windows File Explorer, double-click to check the hard drive data.

On Mac: Double-click the disk icon on the desktop and check if you can access the hard drive and its data.

If you can access the data, congratulations. You've successfully got your data out of the dead MacBook Pro. If not data shows up, refers to the next step.

Last. Restore Mac Hard Drive to Another Computer

On Windows computer, you can download the Windows version of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to scan and recover data from Mac hard drive to PC with ease. 

On Mac computer, you can follow the three steps below to directly scan and bring the Mac hard drive data back:

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 Recover Now button to have them back.

click recover now button to recover lost data on your Mac

After this, you've successfully restore data from your dead MacBook Pro.

How to Repair a Failed Hard Drive or Dead MacBook Pro

When you meet these issues on MacBook Pro, such as MacBook Pro is dead, Mac won't start up, multiple apps quit unexpectedly, a file is corrupted, and an external device doesn't work properly, you are highly possible having a problematic Mac hard drive. 

Usually, when your Mac computer dead or failed to boot up, it's highly possible that the problem exists on your Mac hard drive or the macOS. As the causes are different, the fixes may also differ.

Method 1. Run First Aid to Repair Failed Mac Hard Drive using Disk Utility

Disk Utility is a built-in Mac disk management tool that can also fix some disk problems, like Mac hard drive won't boot.

After restoring the Mac hard drive data to a safe place, you can use the Disk Utility to check for errors and repair problematic hard drive and volumes with the following steps:

Step 1. Restart your Mac computer, press and hold Command + R keys simultaneously.

Restart Mac computer

Step 2. Click "Disk Utility" and then "Continue".

Open disk utility

Step 3. Go to "View" > "Show All Devices".

Choose the Mac hard drive to be repaired.

Step 4. Click "First Aid" and then "Run". Click "Done" when the process completes.

Run First Aid to repair failed or problematic Mac hard drive

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, got back to Method 1 with the provided Mac data recovery tool to export all the data from dead Mac immediately. Then you can either choose to replace the old Mac hard drive with a new one or directly switch to everything - your data to a new Mac computer.

Method 2. Fix Won't Turn on MacBook Pro or Mac Computers

When the Mac computer is installed with a piratic macOS or the macOS crashes, the MacBook Pro or other Mac computers may also fail to boot. And some even don't react at all, showing like a dead computer.

So how to fix this issue? Here are 5 ways that you can try to fix Mac computer won't turn on issue:

  • Fix 1. Fix PRAM/NVRAM
  • Fix 2. Reset SMC
  • Fix 3. Boot in Safe Mode
  • Fix 4. Run Disk Utility
  • Fix 5. Reinstall macOS

For a step-by-step guide, please refer to Mac won't boot for help. 

Conclusion & MacBook Data Recovery FAQs

On this page, we covered the reasons that cause MacBook Pro and hard drive dead. To recover the lost Mac hard drive data immediately, turn to EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac. 

It will quickly scan and restore your lost Mac hard drive data with a created data recovery bootable disk. You can also try to switch the old Mac hard drive to a new computer, and check if you can access the data.

As for repairing the problematic Mac hard drive, you can run Disk Utility with its First Aid feature to see if the disk can be fixed. If nothing works, you can consider changing a Mac computer or try the recommend 5 methods to fix the Mac computer that won't turn on.

If you still have some questions about MacBook data recovery, check the quick answers below to help yourself out:

1. How do I recover data from my Mac?

When you lost data on Mac computer, here are three ways that you can try to recover data from Mac:

Method 1. Restore Deleted Files from Mac Trash Bin

Method 2. Recover Data from Time Machine Backup

Method 3. Recover Data using Mac Data Recovery Software, such as EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

2. Does Apple offer data recovery?

According to Apple's hard drive data recovery and warranty implications: "Hard drives that have become non-functional through normal use, and have had data recovery performed on them by third-party companies specializing in data recovery services can be returned to Apple for warranty service...".

3. How do I recover data from my MacBook after factory reset?

The possibility to recover data after factory resetting MacBook is not very high. But, as long as you didn't save any new files on the Mac hard drive after the factory reset, you can still try to run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac and check if it can find something for you.

If you need a complete guide to factory reset a Mac computer, refer to Factory Reset MacBook without Losing Data for help.

4. How do I recover data from my Macbook SSD?

As you know that SSD has a Trim mode, and if you turned on the Trim mode, everything you deleted cannot be restored.

Therefore, if you need to restore data from SSD, you need first check the SSD Trim status; Then if the Trim is disabled, run EaseUS Mac data recovery software to scan and restore data from your Mac SSD. 

 
 

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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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