If you can’t boot up your MacBook, it seems impossible to regain access to the data stored in the MacBook. Actually you still can utilize the 5 methods in this article to have a try.
It will be quite catastrophic that your MacBook cannot get started. It means that you will be unable to get access to its data on the MacBook. Of course, if you have an up-to-date data backup in hand, the case will be much better. For instance, if you have backed up your PST files to an external hard drive, even if you can’t get access to the original PST stored in the unbootable MacBook, you still can recover PST data from the backups to a well computer. Nevertheless, if you have no such backups, you will be required to make efforts to attempt a data recovery from the unbootable MacBook. The followings are some of my suggestions for you.
1. Utilize Dual Boot
As we all know, new generations of Macs come endowed with the feature to run Windows operating system. Therefore, if you’ve installed two operating systems in your MacBook, you are permitted to select boot your MacBook from Windows OS. Apple promises that when you use Windows in Mac, you still can access your files on the Mac OS partition. Hence, you can have a try. If you boot your MacBook from Windows successfully, check whether you can open, view or copy the files on Mac OS. If can’t, turn to the next approach.
2. Apply Target Disk Mode
Target Disk Mode is a dedicated feature of Apple. It is used to share files between two Macs simply via FireWire or Thunderbolt ports. When you connect a Mac to another one and boot it from Target Disk Mode, it will work like an external hard disk. You can follow the steps below:
- Firstly, connect the unbootable MacBook to the well Mac through a Firewall or Thunderbolt cable.
- Then Start the well Mac as normal.
- Next power on the malfunctioning MacBook, and meanwhile press “T” key button to boot it in Target Disk Mode.
- Release the “T” key button until you see a FireWire or Thunderbolt logo on the crashed MacBook’s screen.
- Subsequently, if the above steps complete successfully, the crashed MacBook will appear as a disk icon on the well Mac’s desktop.
- Finally, you can try to access the disk.
If this method still cannot make effects, you can move on to the next technique.
3. Move the Hard Drive to a Well Mac
Provided that the culprit is the MacBook, instead of the internal hard drive, you can move the hard drive to another Mac that works well. To start with, you need to disassemble the MacBook. Then locate and take out the hard drive slightly. And subsequently, insert it to another Mac which functions well. Eventually test if you can access the drive data. To be honest, this means isn’t highly recommended in that all the operations in this procedure should be slight and careful as more as possible. Besides, it demands special tools and some knowledge of the computer hardware.
4. Recur to Third Party Data Recovery Software
Supposing that you still can’t read the data from another Mac, it is very likely that the criminal is the malfunctioning hard drive. If the hard drive is suffering logical issues, you can take recourse to third party software. Most of them are designed with user-friendly interface so it is easy to operate. You can have a try.
5. Resort to Third Party Data Recovery Service
If you’re afraid that your own DIY recovery operations may be incorrect and then lead to further damage, it’s advisable to resort to an expert data recovery service. In the contemporary era, data recovery industry is more and more advanced. But you should be cautious and never readily trust in the unknown recovery services which prefer to boast.
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including corrupt sql and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com