As your computer ages, your hard drive wears out. The older Mac computers were built with the traditional spinning hard disks, while the new Macintosh Pros have digital drives. The longer you left your Mac on, the greater the chances that your hard drive would crash down the road. Now it’s happened to you. You cannot get your Mac to start up, and you have the chime of death.
Your first realization is that most likely the hard drive crashed, as the keyboard and the screen still appear to be fully functioning. What is your next step?
If you’re like millions of smart Mac users, you had a back drive that you regularly copied your files to. So, all you’ll have to do is buy a new computer, and move your files over.
But wait. You forgot to back up your work. Now what? Your next option is to boot up from an external drive that has OS X installed. Restart your Mac and hold down the Alt key. As your computer attempts to start up, it will search for all options. If the hard drive is faulty, it will start up from the OS X on your external drive.
You then have a reasonable chance of recovering data from this damaged drive. Your efforts will increase when you also have a Mac data recovery program on your external drive, such as UFlySoft.
So, instead of visually scanning your drive for files, you can let the data recovery software scan for all files, even ones that may have missing previews. This ensures that you fully recover all lost data, and not just what you can visually see.
It may take some time to scan your entire drive, attempting to put all pieces of information back together again. But it’s worth the time and money, as the alternative is to have an empty new computer, where you have to recreate all of your work.
The pricing of data recovery software is affordable, and anywhere from $50 to $100. It will be the best investment you ever made, and once it’s purchased, you’ll be able to keep it on your backup drive for future emergencies.
Many Mac recovery software programs work on free trials. You can use the free version to see what types of files are on your drive. If it works, then you can download the full version and recover these files.
There are also freeware and shareware Mac recovery programs, but they may be better for retrieving one or two files that you may have accidentally tossed in the trash. You’ll need a professional Mac recovery files program such as UFlySoft to retrieve an entire drive.
It may be difficult dealing with lost files on a hard drive that’s crashed, but a Mac recovery program that is run from an external hard drive will help to ease your burden. It should retrieve most, if not all files, which will feel like your life has been saved.
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