Macintosh OS/Mac Data Recovery

Advertisement


Question
Hi David,

Can files be recovered from the following hard drives, when the hard drives die?:

1) SSD,
2) HDD/Hybrid,
3) Fusion Drive,
4) SRT Drive.

Sincerely,
Angel

Answer
Drives die in different ways. Mechanically, electronically, structurally, and logically.
You question is too simple, the answer is yes, depends.
SSDs supposedly fail, and become read only, so the files can be recovered.
Unless they fail electronically, meaning the interface fails, not the storage.
Don't know about HHD/Hybrid, Fusion Drive, or SRT Drive.
So, new, no one has brought me a dead one.
http://www.dataclinic.co.uk/hard-disk-failures.htm
http://www.dataclinic.co.uk/recovery-hard-disk-drive-bad-sectors.htm
http://www.dataclinic.co.uk/the-disk-in-drive-is-not-formatted.htm
http://www.dataclinic.co.uk/apple-mac-hard-disk-recovery.htm
http://www.macworld.com/article/1167722/ultradock_v5_great_for_connecting_bare_h
http://data-recovery-software-review.toptenreviews.com/
http://data-recovery-software-review.toptenreviews.com/mac-recovery-software/
http://www.macnn.com/reviews/disk-drill-pro-file-recovery-software.html
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-57443632-263/accessing-old-files-in-os-x-af
http://www.dposoft.net/#b_hddhid
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk%3ASpinRite
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec
http://data-recovery-software-review.toptenreviews.com/data-rescue-pc-review.htm
http://www.prosofteng.com/products/
http://www.prosofteng.com/downloads/download.php?prodID=60
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9224577/6_data_recovery_tools_for_SD_card
http://www.storagereview.com/newer_technology_ministack_max_review

An ongoing discussion of data storage
http://www.macintouch.com/readerreports/harddrives/index.html#d05sep2013

From the above link today...
People who recently bought Macs with "Fusion" drives should also be aware that they should stay away from certain hard drive utilities. I mistakenly upgraded my copy of TechTool Pro 6 up to version 7.01. Bad move! TechTool Pro will not touch any fusion or hybrid drive except to examine them, but not modify them in any way.

Unfortunately I see no way to get my money back!

Macintosh OS

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


David Anders

Expertise

Seattle - The Computer Guy - 15 yr veteran Mac/PC/network problem solving. Clients are design firms, artists, freelancers and photographers. PLEASE PLEASE provide EXACT info for Mac Model and OS Version. RAM installed - added cards - external devices - recent changes. Do you do MONTHLY MAINTENANCE? With what Utility? What you have tried and what result do you want.

Experience

First computer experience 1969. Worked in 3 computer stores. Setup First Mac and First IBM-PC.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.