Data Recovery on PC and Mac
Most computer users will at one point or the other have to deal with data loss problem. This can be a very stressful, especially if the lost data was particularly important. Luckily, in most cases the data can be successfully recovered from a Mac hard drive. Mac offers a line of data recovery software that can help retrieve your data in certain circumstances where you find it cumbersome, are the best option is to contact a data recovery company that specializes in Mac data recovery. All hard drives will fail eventually, so it makes sense to be prepared and to know what to do if you experience the loss of your data. There are many reasons for which data might be lost. Some of them include:
- Accidental deletion.
This is a fairly common cause of lost data. For whatever reason, the user accidentally deletes critical files and can’t find them no matter what they try. This is a relatively simple problem to fix. Despite the fact that you may not be able to find the file, in most cases it is not lost. It is still stored on the hard drive until the space that it occupies on the hard drive is overwritten. For this reason, if you accidentally delete an important file, you should shut down your computer and contact a data recovery specialist as soon as possible. The more you use the computer, the more likely it is that you will unwittingly overwrite the deleted file and that information will be lost forever.
- Logical Errors on the drive.
Logical errors are generally caused by problems with the software that runs your computer. Important files may become corrupted through repeated use, improperly shutting down your computer, or as a result of contracting a computer virus. These problems are usually fairly easy to resolve as well. There are do-it-yourself data recovery programs that you can purchase or you can take the safe road and take your drive to a data recovery expert who can help recover your information. In most cases the logical errors can be fixed and your data recovered relatively inexpensively.
- Physical damage to the drive.
Physical damage to your hard drive can occur for a number of reasons:
Fire, heat or water damage, damage due to impact, such as when the disk is dropped or bumped; and damage due to wear and tear. The internal parts of the hard drive don’t last forever and will eventually wear out over time. You can reduce the risk of this by keeping your computer in a cool, dry place in your house, away from the worst of the household traffic.
The most common symptom of physical damage to your hard drive is a loud clicking sound coming from the drive. If you suspect a problem with your disk, it’s very important that you shut down your computer as soon as possible. Continuing to try to run a failing hard drive will cause further damage and may prevent you from being able to recover your files.
If your Mac hard drive has physical damage, it will need to be taken apart and repaired in a dust free clean room environment in order to retrieve your data. This can be a bit time consuming problem, but it has a good success rate in recovering the information stored on the disk. Data Recovery Pro is offer data recovery services with it team of experienced data specialists that specialize in the recovery of computer storage devices in South Africa.
How to use Mac Recovery System to restore your operating system
Step 1: What you need
To use Recovery System to reinstall your Mac’s operating system, you’ll need:
- Your Mac.
- Your Apple ID and password.
- A working Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection to the Internet.
Step 2: Check your Mac’s hard drive
- Restart (or start up) your Mac while holding down the Command and R keys.
- When the Apple logo appears, let go of those keys.
- The Mac will start Recovery System.
- A window called Mac OS X Utilities will appear.
- Click on Disk Utility then click the Continue button.
- Disk Utility will launch.
- Click the first disk icon that appears in the sidebar on the left.
- Click the Repair Disk button.
- If Disk Utility finds any faults it can correct, it will.
- Assuming Disk Utility makes any necessary repairs, select the Disk Utility menu then click on Quit Disk Utility.
Note: If Disk Utility fails, you should bring your Mac to an Apple Store an or Apple Authorized Service Provider for further assistance, or be prepared to replace the disk yourself if you’re so inclined.
Step 3: Reinstall the Mac operating system
- Click on Reinstall OS X.
- Click the Continue button.
- Another Continue button appears. Click it.
- Click the Agree button to agree to Apple’s software license agreement.
- Click the Agree button that appears after the first one (lawyers — geesh).
- Make sure your Mac’s hard drive (disk icon) is selected and click Install
- Type in your Apple ID and password then click the Sign In button.
- The Mac will download a fresh copy of your operating system from the App Store and will install it. The speed of this process entirely depends on your Mac’s connection speed to the Internet. You can wait an hour or longer on a slower connection.
- Your Mac will restart automatically once the software has downloaded, then the installation of the operating system will continue.
If all has gone well, your Mac is able to restart and boot normally again. Under ordinary circumstances, your applications and data should be safe and intact.
If the recovery software runs into a problem that keeps it from working, you may be required to reformat or repartition the drive. That will wipe the drive completely. This is why I said at the outset that you need to be prepared for the loss of your Mac drive’s data. At the risk of beating a dead horse, I’ll emphasize again that having a backup is handy.
Hopefully it hasn’t come to that, and you’re off to the races.