How To Recover A Mac Hard Drive After A Crash

It happens when you least expect it. It can happen while running your Mac or when starting a new session. If you have never experienced it, this article is here to prepare you. Yes, the infamous hard drive crash. It is time for Mac hard drive recovery.

Preceding a Mac hard drive recovery, you might notice your computer is slowing down markedly. If you have kept up the Mac maintenance on your computer and your Mac is still running slowly, it is a good idea to have at the Mac utilities included with your computer.

Your Mac includes utilities you can access from either your installation disk or through the command line’s use of diskutil or fsck. If your Mac runs OS version 10.4 or later, use disk utility from your installation CD or from the command line first.

The installation CD version of disk utility gives you broad support for hard disk and data issues on your drive. It is appropriate to use all the functions indicated on the installation CD to verify your Mac hard drive is restored. Disk utility includes the following hard drive recovery support:

• Disk integrity verification and repair
• Restoration of corrupted permissions
• Reconciliation of partition information with the Master Boot Record
• Repairs to mounting, demounting and ejection of all disk media
• Volume repair for Apple Software Restore (ASR) images
• Use of the Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) tool to direct you where to return a warrantied defective hard drive
• Additional hard disk and CD image functions

Use the fsck program for Mac OS version 10.3 or earlier. Instructions for using this program are noted in your installation CD materials or the Mac help utility. Alternatively, you can search for information on fsck online.

If your Mac hard disk failed during a session or you cannot boot at all, you are likely headed for 3rd-party software to attempt to perform Mac hard drive recovery. From another computer or a public use computer, you can find the various Mac hard disk recovery tools offered by vendors If your Mac hard drive simply won’t start, your data is likely lost. Often, you will find reviews and user comments for each tool that can you determine if the tool will work for your configuration. Be sure to know your operating system version for compatibility purposes.

A power loss event, an improper shutdown, or a forced restart of your Mac can result in an inability to use your computer and hard drive. When that happens, or when your computer partially boots, cannot get to the login screen or cannot display the desktop, you might try a safe boot for Mac hard drive recovery.

Safe boot is an option under startup shown for Mac OS x 10.2 or later. This mode includes automatic disk checking and repair. You might find your computer is fully restored after using the safe boot mode and restarting your computer.

David Ritchie is a software development writer. His current area of interest is Mac uninstall software.

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5 thoughts on “How To Recover A Mac Hard Drive After A Crash”

  1. wow, Great post….Google will surely love it and this page is going in the top ten rankings for most of the keywords. You have explain the hard drive recovery to an ease.

  2. I could have used a windows fix to recover my hard drive. Windows just one day decided to erase the whole thing for no reason. I may one day switch to mac because of this.

    – Robert

  3. Hey, I thought Macs never crashed! Just kidding. Thanks for the article — it’s always good to know, just in case.

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