[2020] Best Way to Recover Data from MacBook Pro Hard Drive

There could be many reasons behind data loss on MacBook Pro, such as system crash, OS reinstall, malware/virus attack, etc. The good news is, there are a number of methods available for you to recover lost/deleted data from MacBook Pro.

Recover Data from Dead MacBook Pro/Air Hard Drive

1Create a macOS Bootable USB Disk First

Recovering data from a damaged hard drive is relatively easier, however if the hard drive of your MacBook is dead, then you will first need to create a bootable macOS USB disk. The process of bootable USB disk creation is a bit lengthy but quite straightforward.

Step 1. Download macOS installer. After installation, it will be in the Applications folder. If the installer automatically opens after downloading, close it.

Step 2. Now you will need to plug in your USB flash drive to your Mac.

Step 3. Navigate to the Applications folder on your Mac, open the Utilities folder, and then find and launch Terminal app.

Step 4. In Terminal, use the command 'createinstallmedia' to create the bootable installer. Depending on the macOS version, the path you enter in Terminal is different.

For   Sierra:

For El Capitan:
/Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia

For Yosemite:
 /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia

For Mavericks:
 /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia

Insert the macOS bootable USB disk to startup your dead MacBook Pro. Then use a data recovery software to recover data from MacBook Pro hard drive.

2Recover Data from MacBook Pro Hard Drive

When it comes to recover data from MacBook Pro hard drive. A reliable data recovery software is always necessary. iMyFone AnyRecover is our of such software. It has everything you will ever need to recover lost files from your MacBook Pro. Apart from this, this tool allows you to preview recoverable files as well which is really useful, especially if you are performing selective data recovery.


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  • Recover any kind of deleted data. Supported file types for recovery include photos, documents, videos, emails, archives, audio, etc.

  • Recover data from anywhere. Supported storage mediums include hard drives ( internal & external), digital cameras, memory cards, USB flash drives, etc.

  • Recovering data via this tool is 100% safe. It uses advanced algorithms to ensure the existing data won't be overwrote during the recovery process.

  • Recover deleted data in just three simple steps i.e. select a data recovery mode, scan the desired location, and preview and recover desired files.

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Instructions: Recover Data from MacBook Pro Hard Drive

Step 1. Start AnyRecover on your MacBook Pro. You'll see a list of data recovery modes, click on All-Round Recovery.


Step 2. On the next screen, select the hard drive you want to restore  and click on the "Next" button to proceed.

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Step 3. Now choose  the file types you wish to recover and click on the Scan button.

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Step 4. After the scan is completed, you're allowed to view your lost files in two ways: Files View and Tree View. Then select your lost data and start recovering the files from your MacBook Pro hard drive.

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Bonus: How to Repair A Failed Mac Hard Drive?

If your Mac hard drive isn't beyond repair, then you can repair it via the Disk Utility and gain access to your files stored on it.

Step 1. Open the Utilities folder on your MacBook Pro and find and launch Disk Utility. You can use Spotlight Search to find it.

Step 2. Choose the failed disk from the list shown on the left and click on the First Aid option. You will see a message after this telling you that the volume will be checked for errors.


Step 3. Disk Utility repair the volume if possible. The process won't take long. The running apps on your MacBook Pro may become unresponsive during the process.


Recovering data from MacBook Pro hard drive is possible even if the drive is dead (but gets detected by the operating system). You will first need to create macOS bootable USB disk. After that use iMyFone AnyRecover to scan the drive and conveniently recover the files you need.

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By  Simon Marcus , to Hard Drive Recovery

Posted on Jan 23, 2019  ( Updated: Jun 02, 2020 )

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