External HDD Recovery on Mac

External Hard Drive Recovery on Mac OS X

The External Macintosh HDD is generally used to create an absolute backup of your system using the Time Machine application. Time Machine is an inbuilt tool in Mac OS X. It helps you to easily backup all your important data. In case of system crash and data loss, you can attach an external hard drive to your Mac system and easily restore all the data from it. There are instances when both the internal Mac hard disk and external HDD fails at the same time due to some reasons like virus attack or system crash, which leads to huge data loss. Then how will you restore your important files from external HDD? There can be nothing more annoying than losing all your important files and documents on your external HDD. If you are a regular system user then you can very well understand the pain of losing something that you hold precious. Don’t Worry!! There are ways to get around with this issue. You can easily restore all the critical data from your Mac external HDD using reliable external hard drive recovery software.

The external HDD is a storage devices like USB drive, memory card, etc. However, unlike memory cards and USB drives that make use of flash memory for data storage, external hard drive is more like the conventional drive which makes use of hardware components like platters, spindle, motor etc., to store files in it. These external hard disks usually have large storage capacity and therefore, are used widely. The fact, that these external HDD are similar to the system internal hard disk, makes it more inclined to all data loss issues common among hard drives.

There are instances when the volumes that you have created on your external Mac HDD are lost or corrupted due to common reasons like hard drive crash, malware attack, power surge problems leading to volume header corruption and partitioning errors then, data which are important on your external hard drive will be lost or it becomes inaccessible. There is an additional example where you may format wrong volume. Like consider a situation, where  you want to format your D drive and by mistake you typed a drive letter E, then the data in the drive E will be lost. This accidental formatting of the wrong volume from your Mac external HDD may cause severe data loss.  So, care should be taken while typing the drive letter to be formatted. Sometimes, there are chances of loss  of data when you are transferring files from your Mac system  hard drive to External HDD or vice versa.

So when you face these kind of data loss scenarios from your Mac external HDD then don’t save any new files to the drive from where you have lost data because, overwriting of data leads to permanent data loss. In order to restore files from external Mac HDD you need to make use of relevant third party recovery tool.

External hard drive recovery software is an effective recovery software, which has two built-in definitive volumes scanning engine which retrieves data from accidentally formatted partitions/volumes and helps in volume recovery from Mac. It also contains inbuilt deep scanning algorithms which find and recover data from missing or deleted Mac volumes which performs rigorous scanning to recover data even from inaccessible and missing volumes. This tool can efficiently restore files lost from crashed external HDD like SATA / SCSI / IDE hard drives, SD, XD, MMC flash memory cards, FireWire Drives, external USB drives, iPods, etc. With the help of this software you can also recover deleted partitions from notebook, iMac, and iBook and Mac book. This software is safe to use and it is a read only application means it will not overwrite the data in unaffected volumes on your hard drives. It can recover lost files Seagate Goflex external HDD and supports recovery from all the famous brands of external hard drive such as Kingston, Wester Digital, etc. You can download demo version of this software and evaluate the recovery results.

Follow the steps to Restore data from external HDD on Mac:

Step 1: Download and install the trial version of the software. Start the program by double clicking the desktop shortcut. The main window is displayed as shown in Figure a. Select “Recover Volumes / Drives” option from the main window.

Mac undelete from External Hard drive - Main Screen

Figure a : Main Screen

Step 2: When you select “Recover Volumes / Drives” option, a new window is shown. The new window gives you an option to restore deleted/lost partitions or to retrieve formatted/reformatted partitions. Select “Volumes Recovery” option and proceed to the next step as shown in Figure b

Volumes Recovery Selection Window

Figure b: Select Volumes Recovery Option

Step 3: When you select “Volumes Recovery” option, the software detects all the physical volumes and displays it. Select the drive from which you want to restore lost volume and click on “Next”. Once you click Next” the software scans the selected volume and displays all the found volumes, as shown in Figure c. Select the volume from which you want to retrieve files/data and click on “Next

Physical Drive Selection Screenshot

Figure c: Select Volume

Step 4: When you click “Next” you get an option to search for a particular file based on its unique signature by selecting the file type from the list that is displayed. Once you click on “Next”, the software starts scanning the selected volume and displays the recovered data as shown in Figure d

Recovered Files - Screenshot

Figure e: Recovered Files

Useful tips:

  • Keep a backup copy of all important data before formatting external hard drive
  • Do not save disk image of your hard drive twice to your external hard drive in order to avoid data loss due to overwriting
  • Use updated anti-virus program always so that you can avoid any kind of interruption during the copying process
  • Fix the problem of power failure, hard disk failure and system failure as soon as possible in order to prevent your valuable data from getting lost due to improper copying process

 

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