How To Retrieve Data Crashed HD

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Silus85, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. Silus85 macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2014

    My late 2010 iMac Seagate HD crashed,i couldn't retrieve any data whilst the failed HD was still in the machine,unfortunately i didn't have anything backed up - lost heaps of music and pics.Iv'e now replaced it with a WD HD.

    Is there any way i can retrieve my photos by somehow connecting my crashed HD to my iMac and using a sophisticated scanning programme? What cables would i need to buy etc.

    I'm willing to pay for a decent app/programme - as i had wedding pics and heaps of other stuff i'd like to get back.

    would really appreciate any help with this guys.

    Also,is there any way to estimate the chances of being able to recover data? As i'm guessing it won't be cheap.

    Basically i was running a routine verify disk scan,the results were "The HD has failed,please contact apple" - i was unable to log in or do anything.

    Thanks heaps in advance guys,Silus.
  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    Take the drive to a data recovery service along with a very large check, expect the cost to be in excess of $1000. You are about to learn a lesson on why backing up is NOT something you should do but is something you MUST do. Sorry to be harsh but these days there is absolutely no reason to not have a backup plan in place.
  3. InsertCatchyNic macrumors member

    May 16, 2009
    I had a similar experience, except my hard drive was in my mac pro and I did the entire disk repair from the Apple Recovery partition and it gave me the same error.

    I searched around the internet and got jack for my efforts. Then on a whim i went to a local mac repair place and they recommended DiskWarrior from Alsoft.

    Buy a copy of diskwarrior and it will be your only chance of getting back your data. wihtout sending the hard drive into a specialist. My disk drive is malfunctioned, but DiskWarrior was able to recover the data off of it.

    Beyond that you will have to go to a place of business that specilizes in pulling data off of a failed hard drive. But that course is more expensive, but they can recover anything short of you sending your hard drive into an MRI's magnetic field.

    Now DiskWarrior will set you back 100 bucks, but it is totally worth it and a much cheaper alternative to sending in your hard drive to get the data recovered.
  4. Silus85 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2014
    Thanks for the replies guys,

    If i purchase DiskWarrior,what cables will i need to enable me to connect my old HD to my iMac?
  5. Silus85 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2014
    cool,i figured the device would need a separate power supply.

    $122.99 all up - i'll post after iv'e given it a go,thanks again for the help.
  6. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
    just go to a reputable data recovery place. they could tell you if you can recover the data via software. otherwise you're out $122 plus the cost of data recovery.
  7. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    I wouldn't see it as being "out $122". Even if it didn't work in this case he'd still own DiskWarrior, a product well worth having around and a USB3 dock, although I personally own and am partial to this Inateck UASP dock.
  8. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
    while i don't know all the benefits of "disk warrior", if you would never use that software again and it was useless in this event, i would consider it a waste. i realize that ***** happens, but i've never had to use any of these programs ever in 25+ years of computer ownership.
  9. CaptainWD macrumors newbie


    Oct 6, 2014
    Hey Silus85,

    Once you find a decent program, a simple SATA to USB cable should work for you. They have two USB ends which provide enough power for the drive to work as an external one and you can operate on it.
    Otherwise, I would also recommend a reputable data recovery company as this is your best shot of getting all your data back. A list of data recovery companies should be listed on the drive's manufacturer website. I would suggest that you do nothing before you send it there in order not to further corrupt your files and have the chance of getting the data back lowered.

  10. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Since you have taken the old drive out, have you tried connecting it to the Mac externally, as of yet?

    BEFORE you send it out for "data recovery", I suggest that you do this.

    A USB3/SATA dock is the ideal device by which to make the connection. The $$$ this costs you will be well-spent.

    Again, have you tried an external connection?
    What results do you get?

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