How to Recover Data from Mac mini Hard Drive: Mac mini Recovery

Recover data from Mac mini hard drive is not difficult. You can recover lost files with recent iCloud or Time Machine backups. Try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac and EaseUS data recovery services if you don't have any reliable backup.

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Mac mini Hard Drive Data Recovery Overview

Mac mini is a mini desktop computer that can be very convenient to carry out. If you have a Mac mini, you can use macOS with any display at any time. The more times you take the Mac mini out, the greater the chance of data loss will be. You may encounter the kinds of issues we mention below and need to recover data from Mac mini hard drive:

  • ✋Physical damage. Accidental falls and water sprinkling can easily cause irretrievable data loss.
  • 🗑️Accidental deletion. You will lose data if you accidentally delete the files you are not planning to remove.
  • 💽Hard drive corruption. When you encounter Mac mini hard drive corruption, you may be unable to write data on it and lose some important files.
  • 🖥️Software failure. Software may quit or crash suddenly, and you don't have time to save the work.
  • ❌Transmission interruption. You will lose data if you shut down the Mac mini while the files are copying or saving.

When you delete files on Mac mini, the data are not erased and it only marks as unavailable. Recovering data from Mac mini hard drive with data recovery products or recent backups are possible. To mark all the methods, you can click the following button to share this page on social media.


1. Recover Data from Mac mini Hard Drive with Software

Don't worry too much about losing important documents, photos, or videos on Mac mini hard drive! EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac can help you retrieve lost data.

You don't need professional data recovery experience to operate this software; this tool is designed to be very simple and easy to operate. With this software, you can easily recover deleted files from Mac mini HDD or SSD.

No matter what files you want to recover from Mac mini hard drive, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac can help. Are you wondering how to find a step-by-step tutorial to use this software? Keep reading, and you will find the tutorial you want:

Step 1. Search for lost files

Select the disk location to search for lost files (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or an external hard drive) where you lost data and files. Click the "Search for lost files" button.

Note: Before data recovery, you'd better click "Disk Backup" from the left sidebar to create a backup of your HDD/SSD to avoid further data loss. After backing up, the software can recover data from your disk backup, and you can use the HDD or SSD again.

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Step 2. Go through the scanning results

This software will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display pictures, documents, audio, videos, and emails on the left pane.

Recover Data Step2

Step 3. Select the file(s) and recover

Click the data to preview, and click the "Recover" button to have them back.

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2. Perform Mac mini SSD Data Recovery with Backups

Some users may habitually back up a Mac mini HDD or SSD to a USB flash drive or external hard drive. Data loss is hard to get you when you back up data frequently. We will teach you how to restore data from a Mac mini with Time Machine backup and iCloud backup.

How to Restore Mac mini with Time Machine

Mac Time Machine can automatically back up target files once enabled. It is not difficult to restore Mac mini if you have Time Machine backups:

Step 1. Connect the backup external hard drive to the Mac mini, and launch Time Machine.

launch Time Machine

Step 2. Time Machine will show the exact time of the backup files, and you can click the arrow to select other backups.

Step 3. You can see many folders from the sidebar. You can select the Pictures folder to find target photos if you lost pictures.

Step 4. Select all the wanted items and click "Restore". If you don't want to recover files, choose "Cancel" instead.

Restore data from Mac Time Machine

If the Time Machine icon grey out, you can find available solutions in the following article:

Time Machine restore greyed out

Time Machine Restore Button Greyed Out

You may find the time machine restore button greyed out occasionally, just the same as the above user experience, which may be caused by the following issues. Read more >>

How to Recover Data from Mac mini with iCloud

There is another utility that can back up your Mac mini automatically, Apple iCloud. Like Time Machine, you need to enable iCloud backup in advance and make sure you have enough iCloud storage space.

Step 1. You can not only restore Mac mini with iCloud, but all the Apple devices enabled iCloud can also be recovered.

Step 2. Visit the iCloud official website with a web browser, and sign in with your Apple ID & password.

sign in iCloud

Step 3. Open iCloud settings and scroll down to locate the advanced settings.

Step 4. Click on "Restore Files".

Restore from iCloud

Step 5. Select the files you want to recover and click "Done".

Recover from iCloud

recover deleted photos from iCloud

Recover Deleted Photos from iCloud on Mac

To be able to recover deleted photos on Mac from iCloud, you'll need to enable the iCloud service on your macOS device in advance. Read more >>

3. Recover Data from Mac mini HDD/SSD Manually

When you cannot recover data from Mac mini hard drive by yourself, you need to seek advanced solutions. EaseUS data recovery services can offer professional help with data loss. We can offer help in spite of the Mac hard drive recovery. When you encounter tricky hard drive or OS issues, our engineer can solve the problem and keep your data safe.

This recovery service is not free, but you can recover data from Mac mini HDD/SSD at an affordable price. Contact our colleague and recover your data!

EaseUS Mac mini Recovery Services

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Consult with EaseUS data recovery experts for one-on-one manual recovery service. We could offer the following services after a FREE diagnosis

  • Repair corrupted RAID structure, unbootable Windows OS, and corrupted virtual disk file
  • Recover/repair lost partition and re-partitioned drive
  • Unformat the hard drive and repair the RAW drive (Bitlocker encrypted drive)
  • Fix disks that become GPT-protected partitions

How to Prevent Future Data Loss on Mac mini

Once you have been trapped with data loss, you'll never want to go through this again. We have some workable tips to prevent future data loss on Mac mini, and you can refer to them:

  • 📑Keep regular backups on external hard drives or the cloud.
  • 👿Run antivirus software frequently to clean up viruses.
  • ❌Do not download unsafe third-party software on Mac mini.
  • 📈Use Mac Software Update to keep your Mac mini up to date.
  • 😢Avoid human errors like accidental deletion, and think twice when you are removing files.

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Have you recovered data from Mac mini hard drive? With our three methods, you can quickly get back important images, videos, audio, documents, and emails. The first method will be the most cost-effective method when you have no useful backups.

So, download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac today to experience an easy recovery!

Mac mini Hard Drive Data Recovery FAQs

Do you want to know more about data recovery on Mac devices? You will learn more in this section:

1. How can data be transferred from a broken Mac mini to a new one?

You can transfer data from a broken Mac to a new Mac in five ways:

  1. 1. With recent backups.
  2. 2. Using macOS Migration Assistant.
  3. 3. Using Target Disk Mode.
  4. 4. Using Sharing Mode.
  5. 5. Use data recovery software.

2. Can my Mac mini run macOS 14 or not?

macOS 14 can be run on most Macs. Mac mini models from 2018 or later can use macOS 14. If you are using a Mac that does not support the newest macOS version, you can install it by creating a bootable media.

3. How to avoid data loss on a Mac mini?

You can prevent data loss on Mac mini in many ways:

  1. 1. Keep regular backups
  2. 2. Run antivirus software frequently.
  3. 3. Do not download unsafe third-party software.
  4. 4. Keep your Mac mini up to date.
  5. 5. Avoid human errors.

4. Is it possible to recover data from my Mac mini SSD?

Of course, you can recover data from Mac mini SSD. You can check recent backups on your backup disk or launch Time Machine to restore lost files. You can also go to the iCloud website to restore files. No backups available? You should try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac instead.

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Dany is an editor of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. She focuses on writing articles about data recovery on Mac devices and PCs. She is devoted to improving her writing skills and enriching her professional knowledge. Dany also enjoys reading detective novels in her spare time.

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