How to Recover Data from macOS Mojave Start-up Disk?

Summary: In this blog, we will share the essential steps to recover deleted data from macOS Mojave 10.14 start-up disk. Below are the prerequisites for data recovery on Mojave. The methods require you to:

1. Disable System Integrity Protection

2. Saving the recoverable data safely

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Apple finally released macOS Mojave on September 24, 2018. Following the suit, Stellar rolled out Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac Version 9 – a major update for Mac with the complete rebranding, native APFS support, inclusion of German, French, Italian and Spanish language in the GUI through drop-down selection in the language option, a new utility integration, and several other stellar improvements. Above all, the new data recovery software for Mac is fully compatible for macOS Catalina 10.15 data recovery, macOS Mojave 10.14, High Sierra 10.13, and lower versions of macOS/OS X.

1. Disable System Integrity Protection

Like macOS High Sierra, you need to prepare macOS Mojave for running data recovery software on the start-up disk (i.e. Macintosh HD). Follow the steps mentioned next to disable System Integrity Protection (SIP) temporarily and safely.

  1. Restart macOS Mojave and immediately press and hold Command + R buttons simultaneously to boot into macOS Recovery mode
  2. On the top-menu click Utilities and select Terminal
  3. Type csrutil disable and hit Return
  4. Restart macOS Mojave from the Apple menu

Now, the Macintosh HD, the macOS Mojave start-up disk is ready for data recovery.

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Unzip and install the dmg file on the system

During the time of installation, provide your preferred language out the five supported languages to get a natural feel for the interface

From the ‘Select What To Recover’ screen, choose the data you want to recover using the slider switches against each file type or let the default ‘Recover Everything’ slider toggled on then click ‘Next’

From the ‘Select Location’ screen, choose the macOS Mojave start-up storage drive (HDD or SSD)

Select the Location

After selecting the recovery location, turn on the ‘Deep Scan’ toggle switch that appears at the bottom-left corner of the screen, click ‘Scan’, and wait for the scan to finish

After the scan, the left pane displays the recovered files. Click on a folder to display its content in the right pane

Click on a file to preview it on a new window. You can preview standard file types easily through the software

Once you have selected the data you want to recover, click ‘Recover’ and then choose a location to save the recovered data

2. Important Point before Saving the Data

You need to register Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac to activate and save the recovered data. Once you are through with the software activation process, you can leverage the brand new utility integration ‘Drive Monitor’ (the star functionality and never before complimentary addition) to the data recovery application.

Once you have successfully recovered your deleted data from macOS Mojave start-up drive, you can safely enable System Integrity Protection. Follow the steps mentioned below to do the same:

  1. Boot into macOS Recovery mode (as explained before)
  2. Launch Terminal and enter the command csrutil enable
  3. Hit Return and then restart macOS Mojave from the Apple menu

This will enable the system integrity protection back on your macOS Mojave start-up disk. To recover data from an external hard drive on macOS Mojave, visit this Knowledge Base Article.

The registered version of Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac brings forth the ripest features required for in-depth data recovery and real-time storage drive monitoring. You can now ‘Recover Data’ and ‘Monitor Drive’ all from the software’s main interface. The former option opens the Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac module that performs successful data recovery from APFS formatted storage drive in macOS Mojave. While the latter launches Drive Monitor to present Disk Status, SMART Status, Disk Partition, Scan Disk, and Clone Disk functionality to mitigate data loss situation.


In this blog, we tried to address the query “How to recover data from the macOS Mojave start-up disk?” We introduced the New Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac v9.0 software compatible for Mac and walked you through its systematic data recovery process in macOS Mojave start-up disk.

This new version of the software has even more powerful data recovery engine that recovers data at unbeatable precision. The software has the knack of searching a lost or deleted partition on Mojave and retrieving the contained files.

The free trial of the software allows you to evaluate its data recovery feature on your workstation. Click here to free download.

Register the software to save the recoverable data and uncover the even more innovative Drive Monitor.

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