How to Recover Data from macOS Catalina 10.15

Summary: The blog helps you retrieve lost or deleted data from macOS Catalina on your MacBook, iMac, Mac mini or Mac Pro system.

Free download Stellar Data Recovery Professional on your macOS Catalina device to begin.

5 Data Loss Issues that May Arise on macOS Catalina 10.15

  1. Data loss from the trash
  2. USB drive not showing up on Mac
  3. Hard drive formatting
  4. Data loss on Time Machine
  5. Data loss on Encrypted drives

Recovering Data from macOS Catalina with Stellar Data Recovery

Moreover, Stellar Data Recovery utility helps you retrieve deleted files from macOS Mojave or High Sierra too. Like in macOS 10.14 and 10.13, you need to follow a process to make your storage device available for data recovery.

Preparing macOS Catalina Start-up disk

First off, you need to disable System Integrity Protection on your Mac start-up disk temporarily. To do so:

i) Reboot your Mac and press-hold Command + R to boot into recovery mode.

ii) Launch Terminal and type in the command csrutil disable

iii) Press Return key

The macOS disables the System Integrity Protection, and now you can restart your Mac as usual.

Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac is now compatible with macOS Catalina 10.15 i.e.; you can install the software on your MacBook, iMac, Mac Pro devices, and begin the process of file recovery.

Note: Once you recover the data with Stellar Data Recovery software, you can reboot your Mac into Recovery Mode and enable the System Integrity Protection by using the command csrutil enable in Terminal.

2. Launch Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac

i) Open the software and select what files you want to recover. You can customize your scan by using the toggle-buttons. Press Next

ii) Select Macintosh HD i.e., the start-up disk that contains macOS Catalina OS. You may select the external drive or USB as well if you want to recover files from those media.

iii) Launch the Scan or Deep Scan and allow the software to complete the process.

iv) Preview your recoverable files once the scan is done.

v) If you are a registered user of the Stellar Data Recovery software, then you can save your data to a destination of your choice.

Read more: How to activate Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac?

Stellar Data Recovery Premium and Technician version are also compatible with macOS Catalina 10.15 now.


Data loss may bother you on macOS Catalina 10.15; however, if you have gone through this blog, then you will be able to recover data from macOS Catalina with the help of Stellar Data Recovery software.

You can take a free trial version of the macOS Catalina data recovery software here.

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