Macintosh HD Download, How to Recover Data from Macintosh HD - Data

Daisy updated on Sep 18, 2020 to Mac File Recovery | How-to Articles

How do I download Macintosh HD? This tutorial will shows you how to reinstall macOS from macOS Recovery with step by step guides. And you will also learn how to preform Macintosh HD Recovery with a professional Mac data recovery program.

What Is the Difference Between Macintosh HD and Macintosh HD - Data
How to Perform Macintosh HD Download from macOS Recovery
Macintosh HD Recovery - How to Recover Lost Data from Macintosh HD
Macintosh HD Download FAQs

Mac's hard drive, also know as Macintosh HD, is the primary storage facility or database for keeping system and data for Mac users. And macOS or Mac OS X has been committed to providing the best protection of Mac hard drive to avoid data loss for many years. However, sometimes, your Macintosh HD will fail to boot because of a particular reason and needs reinstalling macOS. In this article, you will first learn how to use macOS Recovery to perform Macintosh HD download on your built-in drive or an external drive. Then, you'll see how to use  EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac, professional Macintosh HD data recovery software to recover data from Macintosh HD - Data.

What Is the Difference Between Macintosh HD and Macintosh HD - Data

Many users are not clear about the difference between Macintosh HD and Macintosh HD - Data, let's briefly talk about them here. Before performing a Macintosh HD download and data recovery, it is necessary for you to take a look.

For most Mac computers, whether it is an iMac or MacBook, the default configuration is only one disk, that is, Macintosh HD. The Macintosh HD is where the system and system support files are kept, and the user has no access to them. The Mac HD - Data is where your files and apps are kept, and you have access to them just like the older system volumes. Both Macintosh HD and Macintosh HD Data are in the same disk.

Macintosh HD and Macintosh HD - Data

How to Perform Macintosh HD Download from macOS Recovery

macOS Recovery is part of the built-in recovery system of Mac. You can start up from macOS Recovery and use it to restore from Time Machine, reinstall macOS, get help online, repair or erase a hard disk from certain software issues or take other actions on your Mac. Now, follow the guides below to download Macintosh HD on your Mac.

Step 1. Startup Mac from macOS Recovery

Turn on your Mac and immediately press and hold one of the combinations on your keyboard: Command (⌘)-R, Option-⌘-R, Shift-Option-⌘-R. If you need to enter a password, do as required.  

When you see the utility window as shown below, you have started up from macOS Recovery.

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Step 2. Decide whether to erase (format) your disk

If you are going to selling, trading in, or giving away your Mac, or you have an issue that requires you to erase, you can choose to erase your computer. Click "Disk Utility" > "Continue", and follow the onscreen instructions to finish.

As erasing disk will delete the data completely with no chance to recover, thinks twice before your take action.

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Step 3. Install macOS

You can skip step 2 and select "Reinstall macOS" to start reinstalling macOS directly. Follow the instructions on the screen to proceed.

  • If the installer doesn't see your disk, or it says that it can't install on your computer or volume, you might need to erase your disk first.
  • Don't put your Mac to sleep or closing its lid until the installation completes.
  • The specific device model determines whether you can install the latest macOS. If you can't install macOS Catalina, you might be able to install an earlier macOS, such as macOS Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, or Yosemite.

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You can also finish Macintosh HD download from the App Store or Software Update preferences. Or you can create a bootable installer disk, then use that disk to install macOS on your Mac or another Mac.

Tip: If you have any questions about "Does Recovery Mode delete everything on Mac?", read the article for answers.

Macintosh HD Recovery - Recover Lost Data from Macintosh HD 

Although you can use the macOS Recovery to reinstall macOS or Mac OS X without missing user data, you may still find it seems unavoidable to losing important photos, documents, emails, or videos on Macintosh HD if you have used the Disk Utility in HD Recovery to format your disk. Then, how could such an issue be settled? How to recover the lost files from Mac? Now, all these problems could be solved directly by using a professional Macintosh HD data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac is an easy-to-use and reliable data recovery software for Mac users. It can recover 200+ types of data from your Mac internal hard drive as well as other external media storage devices. It works with many versions of Mac from Mac OS X 10.9 to the latest macOS 10.15. 

  • Full file system support: support Mac data recovery from NTFS, HFS, HFS+, HFSX, HFS Wrapper, FAT file system volumes, as well as APFS data recovery.
  • Convenient data recovery preview: the preview of scanned photos, audios, and videos to specify what you want to recover effectively.
  • Multiple Mac data recovery types: recover all the usual file types, including documents, images, files, videos, and other files from your Mac internal/external hard drive.
  • Powerful data recovery capability: recover data from the emptied trash bin, formatted hard drive/USB/memory card, lost partitions, etc..

Only three steps will solve the data loss troubles for Macintosh HD 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 Now" button to have them back.

click recover now button to recover lost data on your Mac

Except for recovering lost data caused by Macintosh HD recovery, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac also works very well to restore lost files on Mac due to the following reasons. 

  • Empty Trash bin.
  • Format hard drive without backup by mistake.
  • Lose data after system restore.
  • Wrong operations on the existing partitions cause the partition table damaged.
  • The hard drive logic is corrupted, and the data is inaccessible.
  • The hard drive is inaccessible because of the virus attacks.

Macintosh HD Download FAQs

1. How do I download Macintosh HD?

How to install a fresh copy of OS X on your Mac

Step 1. Shut down your Mac.

Step 2. Press the Power button.

Step 3. Immediately press the command (cloverleaf) key and R together.

Step 4. Make sure you're connected to the internet through Wi-Fi. 

Step 5. Select Install Mac OS X, then click Continue.

2. What is Macintosh HD?

In the Finder, both volumes appear as Macintosh HD. The Disk Utility app in macOS Catalina shows that Macintosh HD is the read-only system volume and Macintosh HD - Data contains the rest of your files and data.

3. How do I find Macintosh HD on my Macbook Pro?

Get Macintosh HD In Finder Sidebar

Step 1. On your Mac launch Finder.

Step 2. Click on the Finder option from the menu bar and click on "Preferences".

Step 3. On the Finder Preferences click on the "Sidebar" tab.

Step 4. Under "Show these items in the sidebar" click on the "Hard disks" option.

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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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