Hard Drive Damaged – Data Lost – What Can I do
Everyday we are working in the front of computer, doing all the things, whatever at office or home. Computer has become necessary item on our life. However, many people save their data such as important business or customers’ documents, private photos, email files and entertainment files like movies and songs on the hard drive. Does this sound like you? Of course, I am one member of them. All of my files have been stored on my Mac hard drive, while there is only one partition of my hard drive. I have to say, I am layman of Mac. So less is more. I don’t have extra time to learn how to create hard disk partition. Then, the problem arises. How do you deal with your Mac hardware meltdown? Do you know how to rescue your data when Mac dead? If you have a good habit to backup your data periodically, then, congratulate to you, your loss could be minimized; if not, just like me, it’s a bad egg, all of my documents including my kids’ pictures were gone to heaven without backup timely. Here are my questions when this terrible case happened.
1. Is it possible to recover lost data when Mac hard drive crashes?
2. All or part of my lost files on Mac could be rescued, if some data recovery software could help me?
3. For some kinds of professional data recovery tool, are they hard to handle? As layman of technology, I don't want to buy hard-to-operate software, I don’t want to waste my time to be familiar with this hell user manual and confused buttons.
With these questions, I took my Macbook to professional Mac data recovery center to ask for help. It cost my 300 bulks on repairing hard drive and recover lost data from Mac. Finally, one staff told me, there is a simple method for you to rescue lost data on Mac by yourself, on condition that your hard drive could be reboot successfully. He said you could buy Macintosh data recovery tool online to do this recovery task. But, you need to choose easy-to-use tool, when I let him give me some suggestions on which brand or providers would be available, guess what’s answer?
"Um, it’s up to you!"
"What a perfect answers, thank you!"
Tip to Choose Data Recovery Tool
Since it is so, I came home and searched “mac data recovery” keywords on google, there are more than 60 million related results displayed. No wonder that guy was unable to give me an exact answer. Well, there are so many software, which one is suit me, and which one could help me fix my problem once data lost again later on?
Finally, I accessed to toptenreviews website to get some professional reviews to get some useful tips to choose data recovery software. Where toptenreviews page listed top ten data recovery software for users to review, including Mac version and Windows. Seemed powerful software vendors, I extracted some of them below.
1. Stellar Phoenix
4. Disk Doctors
Now, it’s up to you to choose which one to purchase. My choice is uMacsoft, which is professional Macintosh data recovery software, I don’t find out its Windows version, maybe this vendor specializes in Mac software development. The other vendors like Stellar Phoenix, who provides both Mac and Windows version. So you can choose it if you have PC.
My reasons to choose suitable recovery application among those 60 millions results are as followed. It’s just for your reference. Quoted those staff’s words: it’s up to you!
Tip one. Free version – the website provides trail version for you before you buy it. This feature could help you decide if this software could fix your problem successful. Generally, there are no big differences between trail version and full version. Some free versions allow you to use 30 days; some could only scan your lost data, if you want to recover them, you need to pay for the full one.
Tip two. Easy-to-use – the software must be easy to handle, I don’t like the one that designed only for technology experts. I like the software whose interface is simple enough, no matter how cool your interface is, less buttons would be better, like uMacsoft, there are only two buttons: Scan and Recovery. You are able to know their roles straightforward.
Tip three. Scan and Recovery – these two features determine the value of this recovery tool. That’s why I suggest you download the trail version to see if it’s powerful enough to retrieve your data.
Please keep the above tips on your computer; it’s necessary for you to save time and money when choosing software.
Easiest Way to Rescue Lost Data on Mac
Generally, almost all the recovery tools have the same workflow, which is “detect device – scan data – recover data”.
First of all, you need to download and launch data recovery tool on Mac OS.
Detect device. When you launch software successfully, there will be a hard drive image displayed on the interface; you just need to click it to be scanned automatically by program.
Scan data. When clicking hard drive or any other devices that you want to recover lost files, the software starts to scan it for the loss, this is robot process, and you don’t need to be babysister.
Recovery data. When finishing scanning, your lost files would be listed on the interface; you are allowed to check them to preview, and get them back by clicking “Recovery” button or some other names like this.
Finally, you need to keep in mind that once your data lost, do nothing on this computer, that’s because the overwritten data can not be recovered successfully, no matter how expensive and powerful recovery software is.