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You may have read too many articles and posts focusing on telling people how to carry out hard drive recovery on Mac step by step. But, do you really know the useful ways to recover data from dead MacBook? Guess the answer of most of you would be a "No".

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As one of a myriad of ordinary users, you may sometimes find it not easy to recover files from hard drive on a computer which is functioning well; if you need to recover data off a system that won't boot, things will become more complex. Reasonable, right? But now, in this article, we'll overthrow your idea – recovering files from dead MacBook could be an easy job.

Apple provides a special tool to assist, helping work out the problem by transferring data from dead MacBook Pro to another MacBook Pro. The difficulty lies in, under most circumstances, we common users have only 1 MacBook at hand. How to recover data from MacBook Pro hard drive in this case? We advise Mac users to try MiniTool Mac Data Recovery, give it a shot.

The Bootable Edition of it has helped lots of users recover data from dead Mac hard drive successfully. In the next part, we'll show you how to recover data from a dead Mac by using both Mac Data Recovery & the special tool provided by Apple. Please don't worry; the operations for dead hard drive recovery won't be complex even for users who have no hard disk recovery experience.

Note: if you doubt the performance of MiniTool Mac Data Recovery Bootable Edition, you can get the trial version first to see whether it could help. If it can find your needed data on dead Mac, you'll need to buy a license to activate the full version in order to recover them.

Now, let's learn how to get data off dead hard drive on MacBook in detail.

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How to Recover Data from Dead MacBook

When your MacBook is working normally, you will not think that one day, it may become dead out of a sudden. But the truth is accidents may happen at any time, giving us a blow. You haven't backed up your important data inside, right? Or the precious data are not fully backed up when MacBook crashes suddenly.

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In this case, the only choice seems to be getting data off hard drive quickly. And most people are willing to resort to Apple while thinking of Mac laptop hard drive recovery. Here, we'll firstly show you the solution that we recommend; it is suitable for users who want to control the cost of recovery. Then, we'll introduce the solution provided by Apple.

Recover Data from Dead MacBook to External Disk

How to recover data from a dead hard drive on MacBook:

Firstly, please download the trial version of MiniTool Mac Data Recovery Bootable Edition as we said at the beginning of this article. And burn it to a USB/CD to make a bootable disk.

The operations of making a bootable Mac Data Recovery are similar to that of making a bootable Power Data Recovery.

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Then, you should finish the following steps.

Step 1: insert the bootable disk to your dead MacBook.
Step 2: start the MacBook & change boot settings to make it boot from this bootable USB/CD.
Step 3: Boot into hard drive on dead MacBook under guidance and enter the main interface of Mac Data Recovery.

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Step 4: choose a functional module according to actual needs and then scan the target MacBook hard drive to detect files.

Note: to recover the found data, you need an external disk and you should insert it to dead Mac now.

Step 5: look through the scan result. If you found it has scanned out your needed data, please buy a license to upgrade your trial version at first. Then, pick out the files you want to transfer from dead MacBook Pro, and press "Save" to recover them to the external disk.

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At last, you should remove the external disk from dead MacBook after laptop data recovery was finished completely. Then, connect it to another computer to see whether all files you need are recovered.

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Recover Data from Mac Hard Drive to PC

MacBook has a built-in hard drive, making it difficult for us to take out. Considering this, Apple provides a solution to help – connecting the logic board of dead MacBook to another MacBook through a USB-C adapter.

Well, in order to access data on a dead MacBook Pro, you must satisfy the following 2 requirements:

a). the one-year hardware warranty or AppleCare is still valid;
b). have another MacBook at hand or be able to buy a new one.

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Obviously, this solution provided by Apple is not available for all MacBook users. What's more, some users who meet the conditions refuse to adopt this way to recover hard drive. Why? Some of them think buying another MacBook is totally a waste of money; others have their own unique reasons.

2 examples:
1. "I have a Mac hard drive from a MacBook Pro that does not work. I connected it externally to my PC and tried to copy the files over and keep getting cyclic redundancy checks. So now I need to perform a recovery but none of my recovery software will allow me to recover from a mac onto a PC. Does anyone know of a good program that will allow me to recover these files? I tried using Virtual Lab but the trial will not let me sample the recovery and is too costly for something that might not work."
– by skeptikaltruth on Tom's Hardware
2. "I figured if anyone could help, it would be you guys. I would imagine a large majority of you are more computer savvy than anyone I know. My MBP crashed almost a year ago, I opened it one morning to find it wouldn't turn on. It doesn't properly boot, it just sounds different. The screen stays black and the light on the front isn't the same, I think it kind of goes in and out. Anyway, unfortunately I've given up on getting the Mac back, but I really need the stuff that was on it. I heard I could put this hard drive in a new MBP when I get one, but that probably won't be anytime soon. What would the cheapest and/or easiest way to retrieve my data? I was hoping a friend could somehow open its files and put it on an xhd? Something tells me it's not that easy though. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated."
– by fiddycent in Apple Communities

Thus, we provide above choice for users who can't meet those requirements or don't want to finish data recovery from hard drive by using the solution provided by Apple.

Other Solutions to Activate Dead MacBook

If you're not satisfied with both solutions mentioned above, we still have other choices for you. But you need to realize, you should always put data security in the first place. Well, you can forget about how to recover data from hard drive if you have a full backup of data in dead MacBook or the data in it are not so important to you.

Now, let's learn the following 3 ways to fix MacBook dead problem.

Clear Parameters & Files

Step 1: reset PMU (Power Management Unit).

  • Shutdown MacBook
  • Press "shift", "control", "option" & "Power" at the same time
  • Hold for a few seconds and then release
  • Restart MacBook to check out

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Step 2: reset PRAM (Parameter Random Access Memory).

  • Shutdown MacBook
  • Press "command", "option" "P", "R" & "Power" before the gray screen shows
  • Hold them until MacBook reboots again

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Step 3: delete Kernel Extension Caches.

  • Press "shift" key while MacBook is restarting to enter safe mode
  • Open the terminal
  • Delete two files (which are mainly used by the driver and some expansion modules) with root privileges by using two commands – "su rm /System/Library/Extensions.kextcache" & "su rm /System/Library/Extensions.mkext"
  • Shutdown MacBook immediately

Step 4: restart computer and wait patiently since the restarting process will become really slow after cache was deleted.

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Note: this method is provided only for users who need to use MacBook urgently; it will not solve the problem fundamentally, so we still advise them to recover data from dead MacBook firstly and then send it to repair.

Make Use of Disk Utility

Step 1: reset PRAM & PMU by using the way we said above.

Step 2: restart MacBook to adjust screen resolution and then turn it off.

Step 3: use installation disc to boot MacBook (hold "C").

Step 4: enter Disk Utility and execute Repair Permission/Repair Disk.

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Note: if this still couldn't help, please resort to the next method.

Restore System

Step 1: backup all important files if you can access MacBook Hard drive after trying above methods. Or transfer data from dead MacBook Pro with the help of MiniTool Power Data Recovery Bootable Edition.
Step 2: boot into dead MacBook with the installation disc and then reinstall OS X.
Step 3: update the OS X (don't update it to 10.4.9).
Step 4: install the applications you need (iStatPro, iStatnano, Temperature Monitor, Core Temp and other apps that need to read Core Duo CPU state are not included).
Step 5: if MacBook can't be opened, use installation disc to boot and enter Disk Utility to execute Repair Permission/Repair Disk.
Step 6: if Boot Camp is needed, you should adjust the installation process to this step. (after you finished installing XP, you should repeat step 5)

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Sum up

Considering that MacBook could fall victim to sudden failures, just like Windows laptop, we feel it's very necessary to talk about the useful solutions to recovering from MacBook dead problem. Reading here, we guess you have basically mastered what we're talking about – recover data from dead MacBook & fix the dead problem.

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Now, please allow us to summarize the things you should do after finding your MacBook become dead:

Firstly, you need to recall whether you have saved important data to local drive (in most cases, the answer will be affirmative) and whether you have a full backup of them. After all, data is always the most important thing and users often care most about data security when accidents really happen unexpectedly.

a). if you have important data here and have the latest backup of them (or you don't care any data saved in dead MacBook), you can try to fix the dead MacBook by using any possible methods;
b). if you do have important data here, but have no backup, please adopt Power Data Recovery to recover data to external disk or make use of another MacBook to transfer data from dead MacBook;

Thirdly, follow the methods we've provided in the last part to try to fix the MacBook dead problem and make computer work normally again.

Hope you all can find back precious data and reactivate your dead MacBook!