Old Story...but new to me. Failed hard drive in target disk mode not recognized.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by LizardLizard, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. LizardLizard macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2008

    I would appreciate any advice or hopeful comments as I am trying to retrieve non-backedup material from my Mac Book Pro. Although the failing hard drive has successfully entered Target Disk Mode (i.e. the symbol is present on the screen), it is not appearing as an external hard drive on the second Mac Book Pro I have connected it to.

    Is all hope lost?

  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    If it isn't showing up in Target Disk Mode, it's very likely completely dead.
  3. Thraun macrumors regular


    Dec 18, 2008
    Abbotsford, BC
    Does it show up in disk utility? It's possible the disk is recognized, but just can't be mounted.
  4. Knoodles macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2003
    Gone to the Beach
    Make sure to boot the problem Mac into TDM before connecting to the second MBP. Reboot both and try again.
  5. LizardLizard, Jul 24, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2013

    LizardLizard thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2008
    Thank you for your responses.

    It is not showing up in Disk Utility.

    Does this mean that the data and documents will not be retrievable? I've heard Data Rescue 3 is good but is a software solution even a viable option? Or might I have better luck taking the hard drive out and putting it into an external drive enclosure ?
    Thanks again.
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    My advice would be to take the problem drive OUT of the MacBook, and try a USB/SATA "docking station" instead.

    These are cheap, but VERY useful devices to have around for working with drives.

    If you don't know what they are, take a moment, go to amazon.com, and in the search box, enter "USB3 SATA dock". You will see many items.

    In the docking station, a "bare" drive should behave as if it were in an external case. No promises, but by "bypassing" target disk mode, you may just be able to get at the drive...

    It's worth a try, if there's data on the drive that's important.

    If the drive won't mount, or won't even show up in Disk Utility after trying it in a dock, it would suggest that there's a "hardware problem" with the drive itself.
  7. LizardLizard thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2008

    Hi Fishrrman,

    Thank you very much for your help. I've used a docking station before, but was hesitant to take the step. If it is a hardware issue, do you know if data recovery companies are able to recover files despite the damage?

    Thank you again! Much appreciated!


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