Free Mac Data Recovery Tool to Restore Deleted Data and Volumes

Updated on November 27, 2018

Can lost Mac data and partitions be recovered?

Hard drive partitioning though largely advantageous, is not entirely risk-free. There are certain threats associated with it, which include increased drive fragmentation, degraded system performance, wastage of unallocated storage space, etc. Additionally, the biggest danger is of possible data loss resulting from improper partition creation or accidental formatting. Not only that, many times, malware or damage to Mac partition table or Master Boot Record can cause entire partitions or volumes to disappear.

If you find yourself caught in a Mac partition loss scenario, the first thing you ought to do is stop using your Mac. Missing partitions and data can be recovered completely if you take quick action because even after deletion, data resides on the hard drive until it is over-written by new data. Therefore, ensure that nothing is being written on the affected Mac hard drive; next, employ a reliable and trustworthy Mac hard drive recovery software, Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac to regain all missing partitions with accuracy. 

Mac Hard Drive Partitioning – Why is it needed?

It is only fitting that before moving ahead, we understand what partitioning is and why it is needed on a Mac.

Partitioning a hard drive involves creating multiple volumes on a single storage medium. Each new volume is known as a partition and is assigned an individual identifier. All volumes appear separately in Mac Finder and are treated separately. They can be formatted independently and used for different purposes. 

Several advantages may prompt users to partition their Mac hard drives:

  • Separating system files from personal data. However, this advantage has lost its worth since the launch of OS X. Now user's personal data is already stored within a specific 'Home' folder.
  • Running multiple operating systems or more than one version of an operating system from a single disk. Since post-partitioning, each volume operates independently. Therefore, different system files can be installed on each volume, and each can be booted individually.
  • Using one volume as a Time Machine backup drive. Although this is not recommended, yet a Time Machine backup drive should ideally be a different physical storage medium.
  • Intensifying data security, since anything stored on one volume cannot interfere with the data stored on another. This is typically useful in case critical data is stored on your Mac.
  • Improving overall system robustness, since damaged or accidental formatting of one partition cannot directly affect other partitions.

Data Loss Scenarios on Mac Hard Drive

As pointed out earlier, hard drive partitioning comes with its share of risks and threats. Here are some scenarios that can culminate in data loss on your Mac:

  • Damage to the partition table or Master Boot Record (MBR)
  • Improper or interrupted formatting process
  • Accidental partition deletion while trying to resize a Mac partition
  • Virus or Malware infection in a partition
  • Emptying the Trash folder without taking backups of files that may be needed
  • Formatting an external hard drive, USB stick or memory card without taking backup
  • Losing the password of an encrypted Mac volume

There is a solution for every problem, and that holds true for partition loss on Mac too. Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac is a competent tool that can help you overcome data and volume loss on Mac and restore all missing files accurately and in a risk-free manner.

Mac Hard Drive Recovery Using Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac

An advanced utility, it can help you recover deleted, lost, or inaccessible partitions. It offers the following features and benefits:

  • Restores lost or deleted documents, photos, music files and videos
  • Recovers data from HFS, HFS+, FAT, ExFAT and NTFS file systems
  • Performs RAW recovery on lost volumes, Encrypted drives, and file systems
  • Recoups lost files on iMac, MacBook Pro, Air, Mac Mini, and Mac Pro
  • Supports Time Machine backup drive recovery
  • Supports data recovery from damaged Optical Media
  • Works on macOS 10.13, 10.12,10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, as well as 10.6

Additionally, the software comes equipped with top-notch capabilities including Disk Image Creation, S.M.A.R.T drive status, free preview of recoverable files, save-and-resume recovery, and much more. The product has an extremely easy-to-use GUI and takes only a few minutes to install. 

What All Can You Recover With This Software?

This application can efficiently recover different types of data from a number of devices. It supports the following:

Supported Formats
  • Photo: BMP, JPG, PNG, TIFF, GIF, etc.
  • Audio: MP3, WMA, AAC, M4A, M4P, WAV, etc.
  • Video: MKV, AVI, FLV, VOB, WMV, etc.
Supported Devices
  • HFS, HFS+, FAT, ExFAT and NTFS format based file systems
  • iMac, MacBook Pro, Air, Mac Mini, and Mac Pro, and many more

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. My external hard drive is password protected. Can I use this software to recover data from it?

A. Yes. Advanced algorithms empower this software to bypass the password protection on your encrypted hard drive and recover data from it smoothly. When you initiate the process, you will be prompted to punch in your password to unlock the drive. Once the drive is unlocked, the recovery process will continue as usual. This is assuming that you have the password to unlock the drive. However, in the absence of the password, the recovery process won't be completed.

Q. One volume on my Mac is shown as un-mounted. There is a lot of crucial data on it. Is there any way to get it back?

A. Use Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac software to perform smooth data recovery from the un-mounted volume on Mac OS X. If a volume fails to mount, it is an indication of corruption in that volume. This product is equipped to scan un-mounted Mac volumes and recover all your inaccessible data absolutely intact

Q. My Mac isn't detecting Time Machine backup drive. I suspect it is damaged. Can you help?

A. Here's how you can use Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac to reclaim all data from your damaged Time Machine backup drive:

  1. Download, install and launch the software
  2. Select the Time Machine disk drive from the software's left-hand panel
  3. Choose 'Recover Data -> Advanced Scan' 
  4. Click on 'Start Scan' to initiate scanning
  5. All recoverable files and folders will be listed in the left-hand pane. Select any file for preview
  6. Select files or folders to save and click on 'Recover'

Q. My Mac has a Boot Camp Partition that has been accidentally formatted. Is this software capable of performing its recovery?

A. Yes, the software supports scanning NTFS-formatted drives and volumes on Mac for recovering all your deleted data. Using this tool, you can recover data from NTFS-formatted Windows Boot Camp partition.

Q. My Mac isn't booting at all. How can this software help in this situation?

A. Your Mac can become unbootable if its boot volume gets damaged or corrupted. Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac is available with a bootable system startup DVD that you can use in such situations. Boot the Mac using the startup disc and then run data recovery Mac software to recover all your data.

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