Recover Data from Non-Booting Mac Start-up Disk Drive

Summary: Read the blog to know about recovering data from a non-booting iMac or MacBook computer.

Stellar Data Recovery helps create a recovery drive for non-booting devices. Try now.

Recover Data from Non-Booting Mac Start-up Disk Drive

Often you encounter a ‘Flashing question mark folder’ during Mac start-up and not just this but kernel panic errors such as ‘White screen of death’ and ‘Grey screen of death.’ These errors are an indication that there is something wrong with the Macintosh HD (which could be an SSD or HDD). Further, the Mac hard drive won’t boot or won’t load your macOS which causes the inaccessibility of your contained files. Indeed, a non-botting Mac hard drive is nightmarish. But don’t worry since this blog provides a solution for recovering data from a non-booting Mac start-up drive.

To recover data from a non-booting Mac HD; you first need to take out the hard drive securely from the Mac. Once done, place the internal hard drive into an external drive enclosure. Then, you can connect the hard drive to another booting Mac computer with the help of the external drive enclosure adapter cable.

Run Stellar Mac Data Recovery 

Step (i) On a booting Mac, free download the trial version of the Mac data recovery software to recover important data such as – Videos, Photos, Documents, Audio, and Emails.


Step (ii) Select your non-bootable hard drive which you have connected to the Mac via an external hard drive enclosure.

Step (iii) Leverage the Deep Scan technique to read each block of the non-bootable hard drive. Let the scan complete the process.

Step (iv) The software prepares all the recoverable files for preview after completion of the Deep Scan.

Step (v) Preview your recoverable file one-by-one. In the free trial version, you can preview all the recoverable data.

Step (vi) If you are a registered user of the Stellar Mac Data Recovery then you can recover all the data to another storage volume.

Note: The process of converting an internal drive to an external might sound technical for some users.

Method 2. Boot via a Recovery USB and Recover Data

Consider this method if you are uncomfortable with removing out the internal hard drive from your Mac. You need to arrange a working macOS Recovery USB to perform data recovery on a non-booting Mac hard drive.

Note: Stellar Data Recovery for Mac software now supports Recovery Drive creation. Watch the below video to know more.

Important: You require to register the Stellar Data Recovery Professional on your Mac to create the recovery media.


This blog answers how you can recover important data from a non-booting Mac hard drive or solid state drives. Leverage the Stellar Mac Data Recovery software with which you can retrieve the data either by converting your internal drive to an external or by imaging the hard drive with the help of a recovery USB.

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