5 Default and Easy Ways to Recover Failed Mac Hard Drive

Have you been facing issues with your Mac’s internal hard drive? And, if you are looking for solutions for each Mac hard drive problem, then this blog resolves many of such issues. The objective primarily is to recover your failing Mac hard-drive by using default methods provided by macOS. If, in any case, your hard drive doesn’t recover with any software, then prefer CBTech for expert assistance.

Here are a few methods that will save you from a lot of hassles caused by such issues.

  1. Repair macOS Hard Drive with Disk Utility

If you want a practical solution for your Mac hard drive, the disk utility can surely help you. You can find this Disk Utility through macOS Utilities situated in the hidden location called Recovery Partition. If you ever feel that your Mac’s start-up disk is corrupting, then you should instantly try to launch the recovery mode and carry out Mac disk repair activity that comes for free.

Here are the steps for fixing the failing hard drive:

Step 1: First of all, reboot your macOS and press-hold Command + R simultaneously.

Step 2: You will be booted in Recovery Mode, and you will be presented with four troubleshooting options. You are to choose Disk Utility out of those four options; to launch it, click on the ‘disk utility’ option.

Step 3: Select your start-up disk as Macintosh HD. To repair all kinds of cryptic disk errors on Mac hard drive, you will have to run first aid.

With this activity, you will generate two options:

i)  Either Mac start-up disk will get repaired with the Disk Utility: Once you are presented by a message, your corrupt drive is repaired successfully, you can log-out from the recovery partition and boot it as usual into the Desktop.

ii)  Or, Disk Utility is not able to fix that corrupted start-up Disk: It might be possible for there are several limitations of the Disk Utility. For example- it cannot repair a corrupt partition map and advance disk errors say -invalid-B Tree node. For fixing invalid B-Tree node on a start-up disk, you need to back-up the Mac drive and wipe away from it with a new scheme of partition.

If in case, the Disk Utility has not been proven to be fruitful, then don’t worry! You can follow other alternative methods that are mentioned below.

Method 2: Repair the Mac Start-up Drive with FSCK command

If the Disk Utility method has failed, then you can fix a failing Mac hard drive by using a non-GUI mode OS X and even on macOS. It is free to use and called as F.S.C.K.

Here are the steps to the procedure:

Step 1: First, try to ensure that your Mac is turned off.

Step 2: Next, to start up the Mac, press the power button and press hold the Command and S button together (Command + S). Single User Mode will appear.

Step 3: Then, from here, you can repair the Mac start-up disk drive and extract and save all files from it.

Step 4: Now, give the command line – /sbin/fsck – fy.

Step 5: Press Enter to return.

Step 6: The given command line will analyze your Macintosh HD volume, and then it will return the message as per the action performed.

Step 7: For a healthy Mac Hard drive, the message says- “the volume (name) appears to be OK.”

Step 8: For a failing hard drive to which repair has been attempted with FSCK, the message says, “File system was modified.” Next, repeat the FSCK run again until the system is healthy back and shows you an above-mentioned message when the hard disk is sturdy.

Method 3: Target Disk Mode

Yet another technique that helps you to mount as well as access a failed start-up hard disk by utilizing extra accessories such as Firewire or Thunderbolt cable. These cables are used to connect the 2 Macs (working Mac and Failed Mac hard drive). These will further transfer files and recover the data.

Here’s a snippet on how to implement Target Disk Mode with a working Mac and a Firewire cable.

  • Ensure you have an uninterrupted power supply for both the Macs.
  • For connecting both the Macs, make use of a Firewire 800/Firewire 400 through USB ports. Depending upon choice and availability, you can also use Thunderbolt cable.
  • With failed/failing hard drive, start the Mac and press “T” from the keyboard right away.
  • Then, the Mac shall boot into the Firewire mode than on the Mac screen. You will see a large Firewire icon.
  • The healthy Mac, you will notice the troubled hard drive icon is displayed on the Desktop. The Mac hard drive will have a Firewire symbol mounted on its icon. The case will be reversed in the case of Thunderbolt cable.
  • You can carry out the disk repairing and copy files from the Mac hard drive, once it is mounted.
  • With the Target Disk Mode facility, you can mount, access, and copy files from the failed/failing hard drive.
  • Though if by any chance, you figure that the drive is unrecognized on the healthy Mac system, you might have to run DIY software to recover data with data recovery software.

Method 4: Convert Failing Macintosh HD into an External Hard Drive

If you are looking out for an alternative for Target Disk Mode, then transforming the failing Mac hard drive is one solution for recovering the files that are no longer accessible.

Note: For recovering its data via data recovery software, the conversion of Mac HD to an external hard drive can recover data with data recovery software. If you anyhow find yourself unable to make the transfer of the files from the converted drive, then before trying data recovery on Mac hard drive, read about Mac data recovery in detail.

Here is the process explaining how you should convert an external drive into your Mac system.

Step 1: Safely take out the internal Macintosh HD out of your Mac system. There are plenty of D-I-Y videos that can help you remove the Mac storage drive safely from a MacBook/iMac etc. But, in case you are unsure of removing the internal drive on your own, then seek the consultation of a nearby expert.

Step 2: Before the removal of the internal storage drive, you must also order an external hard drive enclosure from an online seller. Nowadays, hard drive enclosures are inexpensive and can be acquired by spending a little sum of money.

Step 3: Open the plastic cover of the enclosure and place / slide your internal hard drive in the matching context. Once done, turn over the hard drive and put in the screws that came up with the enclosure. Tighten all the screws with the help of a screwdriver.

Step 4: Put the front-back plastic cover back to cover-up the hard drive.

Step 5: Now connect one and another tip of the USB cable to the ports, the storage drive, and MacOS for mounting and accessing files.

Step 6: Start transferring your files once the external storage drive (earlier the start-up disk) greets you in the Finder or Desktop.

Method 5: Using Mac Hard Drive Recovery Software for Failing Drive

The real need for efficient data recovery software for Mac is required here. If you don’t find those default and free methods useful, then it may be your last resort when you are trying to fix the Mac HD on your own. The software works best when the default methods fail you, and your business is at stake. Hence, this method is recommended when you are left hopeless with other methods. For example, you can consider CBL data recovery software.

Here are two cases that will help in recovering Mac hard drive with CBL data recovery.

1) Recovering Files from a Corrupt Mac Partition(s)

Step 1: By sliding the toggle buttons, modify your Mac data recovery. By clicking against each type present there, you can turn it off.

Step 2: While you are on a Deep Scanning process, select your drive as it will analyze all types of media, including pictures, documents, videos, audios, e-mails, and other formats also.

Step 3: Next, to start the mechanism, click on the scan button. Once the scan process is over, you will be able to preview thebrecoverable files.

Step 4: Then, extract the files to another drive and keep in mind that your free trial version will allow you to recover the prominently required data.

  1. Recovering Files from an Unmounted Mac External Hard Drive

It might happen to you that sometimes that you cannot find the critical Mac external hard drive in Finder. For that, you can perform the following steps to recover data.

  • Run the CBL data recovery software & toggle the file types for data recovery.
  • From the ‘Select Location’ window, choose the unrecognized drive or partition.
  • Then start the scan and let the software complete the scanning task. Once the scan is over, the software will display all the files that you are allowed to recover with preview. You can preview the file by double-clicking on the file.
  • Finally, you can now recover your files to another drive.