Recover Files from a Dead/Crashed iMac with EaseUS Data Recovery

1. Download and install EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac

2. Select and scan the drive/volume where you lost files

3. Preview the files and click the Recover button...Click full guide

Table of Contents

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
1. Recover and transfer data Buy EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro, and...Full steps

2. Repair and Boot Dead iMac

1. Repair Mac hard drive by using disk utility...Full steps

2. Repair Mac startup drive by using FSCK...Full steps

"I accidentally unplugged my iMac today while it was still running and without shutting it down. It was working perfectly fine until I did this even though it is five years old. Now it won't turn on, completely dead, no noise, light, fan. I am panicking as I can't remember the last time I backed up and have thousands of family photos and videos."

iMac is an Apple computer, an all-in-one Apple Macintosh computer series aimed at the consumer and education markets. The characteristic of iMac is its design. Because of its unique design and outstanding ease of use, iMac has won awards almost every year.

But the prestigious computer is not immune to damaged. Think about it, when you edit a long article or other crucial programs, your iMac suddenly strikes. It is a nightmare for users. We are going to help you to understand some reasons behind broken iMac and recommend EaseUS Mac Data Recovery - a reliable Mac data recovery tool to help you retrieve files. 


What results in the iMac that won't startup

Procedure 1: Recover and transfer data from dead iMac to a safe place

Procedure 2: How to repair dead iMac and make it bootable



What results in the iMac that won't startup

  • Antivirus software
  • Non-compatible system with upgraded hardware
  • System errors
  • Hard disk bad sectors
  • Junk files
  • Disk fragmentation

When you find your iMac turns damaged, the first thing you must do is to transfer data for safe, and then repair your iMac.

Procedure 1: Recover and transfer data from dead iMac to A Safe Place

EaseUS Data Recovery has a startup disk, which recovers files from crashed iMac. If your iMac doesn't have a boot disk, you can follow these steps.

Step 1: Buy EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro, and then contact customer service to gain a boot disk download address.

Step 2: Make a bootable disk. (You need to prepare an empty USB, and then follow the software process.)

Step 3: Start the Mac & change boot settings to change the booting order(Click the right and left buttons.) and then install and launch EaseUS Mac data recovery. 

How to use EaseUS Data Recovery

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 a location 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.

start scan on the Mac

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

click recover now button to recover lost data on your Mac

Video tutorial of EaseUS data recovery for Mac

Procedure 2 : How to Repair Dead iMac and Make it Bootable

The computer that won’t boot also has some different treatment methods. We will recommend two repair methods to you.

1. Repair Mac hard drive by using disk utility

Disk utility is a built-in application that can help you restore Mac hard disk problem. If your Mac disk won’t boot, then launch Disk Utility through macOS Recovery mode.

Step 1: Power on your Mac and immediately press and hold Command+R keys. Release the keys when the Apple logo appears. Your Mac starts the macOS Recovery mode.

recover dead imac disk utility

Step 2: On the primary macOS windows, click Disk Utility and then click Continue.

recover dead imac disk utility

Step 3: From the left pane, select Macintosh HD - the startup disk. Click the First Aid button on the top pane, and click Run.

recover dead imac disk utility

Tips: Disk Utility contains deficiencies that it can't repair a corrupt partition map. If repairing the disk is not going well, you need to erase the Mac storage drive with a new partition scheme. Remember to backup your files. Otherwise, you will lose data.

2. Repair Mac startup drive by using FSCK command

If method 1 can't repair your disk, you can try to run FSCK command on Mac.

Step 1: Power on your Mac, then press and hold Command +S keys. Release the keys when text appears on a black background.

Step 2:  In the command line, type the command /sbin/fsck – fy, then press Return.

Tips: If the disk drive is healthy, it will show the message: The volume Macintosh appears to be OK. IF FSCK repairs the broken hard drive, it displays the message: File system was modified. Then re-run FSCK command till the system show the message: The volume Macintosh appears to be OK. 


1.How long do repair disk permissions take?

It takes about 20 minutes.

2.What does first aid do in disk utility?

Disk First Aid is a free software utility made by Apple Inc. that was bundled with all computers running the classic Mac OS. This tool verifies and repairs a limited number of directory structure problems on any HFS or HFS Plus hard disk or volume.

3. How can I recover permanently deleted photos from Mac for free?

  • Run iPhoto and find the Recently Deleted album in the main window. 
  • Select and preview the photos you want to recover.
  • Click Recover.

4. How can I find the lost files from the scan result?

On the scan page, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard offers data filtering and search functions. You can search the files by size, type, or file/folder name.

5. How to force shut down the Mac program? 

  • Choose the Apple logo on the top of the left corner.
  • Select Force Close.

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