how to retrieve data on SSD part of a fusion drive ?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ejemplo1111, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. ejemplo1111 macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2015
    Hello everyone
    As a follow up to my previous post (thanks everyone who explained to me what a fusion drive is and how it works) :
    Am I able to extract the ssd part of the fusion drive (I believe is attached to the logic board) and retrieve whatever data is on it by purchasing an external adapter / case and connecting it to another iMac? My logic board is completely shot so I need to retrieve all the data

  2. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    I doubt that is possible, but I think your best bet is to ask Apple. They might have special tools for data recovery. It should go without saying that you should have had your data backed up. Never again leave yourself without backups.
  3. rbart macrumors 6502


    Nov 3, 2013
    The fusion drive is made of two components: one hard drive and one ssd blade. You can remove them from you imac and install them in another one.
    But you have to install them together, data is split between the two components at block level (not file level).
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    This simply isn't possible.

    You can't get data off "half of a fusion drive".
    Well, perhaps Apple can retrieve it, but an end user isn't going to be able to do it.

    This is what "backups" are for.

    The only way I can think of that could possibly do it:
    1. Get another iMac that is similar to yours
    2. Take BOTH the SSD and HHD from your iMac and put them into the second.
    3. See if the drives will "mount" as a single fusion drive that way.

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