Corrupt external drive containing time machine back up

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  1. ame8199 macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2011
    I have a corrupt external drive that has my time machine back up on it. I've verified and attempted to repair the disk in disk utility, but it couldn't repair it.

    Is it possible to retrieve files off it? Maybe with a data recovery service?
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You could try something like the app Disk Warrior, but it is not cheap. If that does not work, then yeah, a data recovery company is your best hope.
  3. Ebenezum macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2015
    Depends if the problem is physical or software which is impossible to say without further information. If its physical your best bet is data recovery company.

    If problem is only in filesystem and you have access to software such as Disk Warrior, Techtool Pro, etc, you may be able to repair damage or recover data. If it fails you could try recovery software such as Data Rescue which might be able recover your data. These aren't cheap software and if your data is critical I would recommend using data recovery company.

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