Recover Deleted Files from Seagate External Hard Drive on Mac

Summary: This blog shares the best ways to recover lost or deleted data from a Seagate external hard drive on Mac.

The blog will also share helpful tips and information on dealing with the various factors causing data loss from Seagate external hard drive.

Before you jump on reading, download the free trial of Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac, the best and sure shot way to recover data from Seagate external hard drive. You can try it for free.

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1. Seagate External Hard Drive not Showing up on your Mac

Seagate external drive not recognized by macOS is a serious concern. It is not just the storage device whose life is at stake, but all the valuable files inside the Seagate drive becomes inaccessible till the Mac recognizes the Seagate drive.

What Should You Do?

  1. Disconnect the Seagate external drive from Mac
  2. Restart macOS
  3. Connect the external drive to Mac again and wait for a while
  4. Check if the Seagate external hard drive icon appears in the Finder and Desktop

If Seagate backup plus external drive is still not showing up then go to Finder and check-box the Hard Drive & External Hard Drive option.

Retrieve your valuable files once the Seagate backup plus external hard drive appears on the Mac in Finder/Desktop.

2. Seagate external hard drive not working Mac?

This is a different case than the above; assuming that Seagate external hard drive is failing to connect to Mac due to malfunction of its USB connection or other issues. Moreover, the Seagate external hard drive may not work due to the corruption of the partition map.

What Should You Do?

  1. Connect your Seagate external hard drive to Mac
  2. Go to Disk Utility (Here, your Seagate external drive may appear as an unmounted disk)
  3. If the Seagate external hard drive is unmounted or greyed out on Mac then select the disk from the left panel and press Mount.

If Seagate external drive comes back to life, then recover all the data immediately and format the drive with a new filesystem as a safety measure.

3. Repair Seagate External Hard Drive on Mac

Repairing an external hard drive on Mac via Disk Utility is simple and straight-forward. Disk Utility is a mighty tool that resolves the cryptic disk errors at a certain level from a storage drive.

What Should You Do?

  1. Select the Seagate external hard drive in the Disk Utility panel
  2. Press the First-Aid tab and start the repair
  3. Allow the Disk Utility tool to repair the Seagate External Hard Drive

If Disk Utility repair mechanism works then retrieve your data to another location. Further, you can reformat the Seagate drive again.

4. Recover Deleted Files from Seagate External Hard Drive

macOS native tools such as the Disk Utility won’t recover deleted or inaccessible items from a Seagate external hard drive. Here, leveraging a Mac external hard drive recovery software becomes a necessity.

What Should You Do?

Find a Mac external hard drive recovery software that supports the below:

  1. APFS, HFS, ex-FAT, FAT & NTFS filesystems
  2. macOS Catalina, Mojave and later OS X
  3. The latest model of your Mac and Seagate device
  4. Unmounted external drive recovery

Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac application retrieves deleted or formatted data from a Seagate external hard drive.

Download the application and try it for free. This helps you recover data deleted from a start-up disk as well.

Go through the below infographics after you have finished downloading & installing the Stellar Data Recovery application on your Mac.

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5. Seagate Backup Plus Drive is Read Only on Mac

You might have mistakenly made your Seagate external hard drive as ‘read-only’. Otherwise, the drive could have gone under some low-level corruption making it appear as READ ONLY.

When an external drive becomes read-only then it is not possible to write new data to the storage device however you still can access the content of the disk.

What Should You Do?

  1. Connect the Seagate hard drive to Mac
  2. On the drive’s icon right-click and select Get Info option
  3. Now, you may see that Privilege to the external hard drive is selected as Read Only. To resolve this, unlock Sharing & Permissions and drill down the menu to select << Read & Write
  4. You can change the privileges as per your comfort.
  5. Lastly, lock the changes to finalize your settings.

Read More: How to Recover from External Hard Drive Read-Only Error on Mac?

Conclusion

Seagate external hard drive is good to have for file storage on a macOS. The storage device is reliable but it suffers through ailments which are common to other storage devices. The blog tried to present 5 common issues of Seagate external hard drive on Mac.

Read the blog to know how you can mount a Seagate external drive, repair it and recover with Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac.

Download the application and try it for free. This helps you recover data deleted from a start-up disk as well.

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