How to Restore/Recover Hard Drive Data on MacBook

How to Restore/Recover Hard Drive Data on MacBook

If youre struggling with your Macbooks slower speed, then you should consider restoring the device to its original settings. Restoring can help you eliminate sluggishness, remove malware or virus infections and prepare the Macintosh HD for a fresh installation of OS X macOs Sierra.

How to Restore and Recover MacBook Pro/Air & iMac Hard Drive Data

Restoring your Mac to factory setting implies that you are ready to format (hard – format) your Macintosh HDD (startup disk) and remove all of its content, installed applications, widgets, and the user-defined settings so that the MacBook Pro is rolled back to its original state.

Mac hard drive restoration is a productive activity. However, you must first backup your hard drive i.e. Macintosh HDD to another external hard disk. Always rely on a 2 -way Mac backup strategy so that your data isn’t dependent upon a single backup disk.

To create  the latest backup of your Mac’s Macintosh HD, use  Time Machine application.

To clone your Macintosh HD to an external hard drive, use Mac clone application.

Now that you have a backup of all the important data, you are ready to restore your MacBook Pro. Follow these steps –

  • Switch off MacBook Pro and then switch it on using the power button. Once it starts, press Option key to bring up the startup drive menu.
  • In the startup drive menu, you’ll see Macintosh HD and Recovery HD as the two available disks. Select Recovery HD.
  • OS X utilities will begin to load and you will see them on the screen after a while. OS X utilities offer a few options that you can perform on Macintosh HD – (a) restore from Time Machine Backup (b) Reinstall OS X (c) Get Help Online (d) Disk utility


  • Click on Disk Utility. Select Macintosh HD and head to Erase Tab. Make sure you have these settings –
    • Drive Format: Mac OS X (Journaled)
    • Drive Name: Macintosh HD
  • Click Erase to format Macintosh HD. Formatting will remove all existing files on the Macintosh HD, which is why a prior backup of Macintosh HD should be done.
  • Let the Disk Utility to complete the erase process.


Reinstall OS X on MacBook Pro

Now that youve completed your hard drive formatting through Recovery Mode, it is time to reinstall OS X. Go back to the main screen of OS X Utilities and this time select the second option, which is: Reinstall Mac OS X


Clicking this will begin reinstallation of the OS X and a basic set of applications bundled with the OS by default will be installed. It won’t be having any user-generated data.


Data Recovery on Mac Hard Drive

Formatting MacBook Pro hard drive is a destructive process, and it might happen that the process gets stopped in between causing snags. Or once MBP is successfully formatted, the backup disks go corrupt causing the painful experience of data loss.

To overcome data losses on a Mac, there exists a bunch of Mac Data Recovery Application that successfully mounts scan and recover files from Macintosh HD. On a dead Mac or an inaccessible MBP HDD, the utility will first boot up the MacBook Pro so that Macintosh HD is Read/Scan and recovered.

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