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How to recover Mac files from a corrupt hard disk drives

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 Stellar Phoenix Mac data recovery is one of software that facilitates recovery of files, folders and media objects from a logically corrupt HFS disk.

What is a logically corrupt Mac disk?

The hard drive or partition, which fails to mount on OS X, is an example of a corrupt Mac disk. Such disk or partition will not appear on the Finder menu or on the desktop. Disk utility will show such a partition as faded as compared to other healthy partitions.


Repair a corrupt disk or partition

Disk Utility’s own ‘Repair Disk’ feature fails to fix the corruption on the Mac partition. The data inside the corrupt disk remains inaccessible until unless scanned & recovered by Stellar Phoenix Mac software.

Recover data from a corrupt disk: Follow below guidelines to successfully recover data from logically corrupt Mac disk drives.

1.    Install Stellar Phoenix Mac data recovery on your Intel Mac machine.
2.    Launch the software and click ‘Create Image’ button. This will create an image of the corrupt hard drive on the desired location.
3.    Upon clicking the button, ‘Image Creation’ of the corrupt disk begins. The software scans each block of the corrupt disk and images it to a user-defined location. Once software finishes “Imaging” the drive, it will give a message to proceed to drive recovery.
4.    Select a data recovery menu to recover files from damaged disk. In this, case, “RAW Recovery” is opted.
5.    Select a corrupt partition of the disk. Once ‘Scan’ button is clicked, the software will launch intensive search for lost or inaccessible files from the corrupt disk.
6.    Scan beings & ends after some time. The scan time depends upon the size of the hard drive and amount of corruption done to the disk. Once the scan is finished, it will show a message.
7.    Preview & Recover files:

After the scan is done, the user can take his/her time to preview each recovered file(s). Software successfully shows the preview of media files including audio-video, image, and documents. Preview assists the user in selection of recovered files to be saved on an external media.

Recover: Select all files or desired files for recovery. Now, Click the ‘Recover’ button to provide the destination for saving recovered files.

If your Mac or hard drive is suffering through logical corruption, then Free Download Stellar Phoenix Mac data recovery software to scan corrupt disk or partition. For any technical support, reach us at For better understanding, you can also view video tutorial:


3 User Comments

Ovidio Villeda
October 6, 2015 11:59 pm

Dear sirs:
I have a 2 TB WD External HDD formatted HFS Extended, that get unmountable in Mac OS X Yosemite. When running Disk Utility and try to repair it shows an error for repairing the disk. I get stellar Mac Data Recovery and start running the Quick Recovery option. It has been running for 2 days and it shows Performing Quick Recovery..... and under the blue bar a message Getting catalog file node size .... and the blue bar seems not moving from there. Is it correct to do this way and it means it is running? I was reading the FAQ section an it mentions to use the Create Image Option, Which option is better to use?. Thank you very much for your answer. Best regards.

Amit Pandey
October 7, 2015 06:17 am

Hi Ovidio,

In general, Quick Recovery doesn't take this much time but it seems that drive have some logical errors that are preventing a smooth scan. We recommend you scan your hard drive with Raw Recovery since it is recommended for troubled hard drives. Alternatively, create a disk image of your Mac hard drive using Create Image option and scan/recover files from it.

Hope this helps. Do let us know for further query.

Mark Weeks
September 18, 2017 10:42 am

I'm stuck with what to do. I have a hard disk that was previously inside an iMac and is part of a Fusion drive. Therefore it can't mount now when connected in an enclosure using USB and I can't see the volumes.

The disk appears corrupted (hence why I had it removed) but I need to extract the data (lots of photos as I am a photographer). I left it running for 24 hours and then it seemed to be requiring almost a 1000 hours to complete (initially said 30) so I terminated it.

The help says to create a disk image but that option is not listed as I can only select the drive, not the volume. I've left it searching for volumes but this has taken 24 hours so far and still only on the second line...

Please could you suggest the process. I have the Mac Data Recovery software.


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