Best Mac Data Recovery Tool for External Hard Drive Recovery

A guide to external hard drive recovery with best software tips

Through this article, we want to tell you all the possibilities of data losses from an external hard drive and data recovery using Stellar Data recovery software. At the end of the article, you will realize that you have got best Mac data recovery software recommendation for your external hard disk drive.

File deletion and recovery from Mac external hard drive

You have to stop using the external hard disk once files/folders are permanently removed from your hard disk. If you don’t stop writing new files to the external hard drive, then the chances are high that you might overwrite the deleted files from its hard drive location. Once file deletion is realized, you have to run the software’s free scan to recoup the deleted files. For this purposes, Stellar Data Recovery for Mac offers you to Recover Everything from your external drive or customize the scan.

Retrieving a formatted or erased Mac external hard drive

Apart from file deletion, external hard drive formatting is the most infamous cause of data loss. Drive erasure is performed intentionally, accidentally or in helpless conditions. A helpless condition includes hard drive formatting to repair drive structure corruption. Through the external hard drive is saved from directory corruption, sadly the files stored on the drive are lost. Macs often ask the user to Initialize the external hard drive if the macOS fails to recognize the file system due to corruption.

Using Mac data recovery software, you can easily restore the data lost due to the formatting of the external hard drive. See how:

Mac data recovery on corrupt External hard drive 

Data is not always lost either by file deletion or through external hard drive formatting. At times the external disk becomes inaccessible or display unexpected behaviour beyond reasons. This results in data inaccessibility due to the corruption of the external hard drive media. This is a freaking situation since data is lost by corruption, which isn’t like a typical data loss scenario. Most of us don’t even know the head & tail of an external hard drive and thus panicking begins. But the solution to data recovery on corrupt external media is just below:

RAW Scan feature of Stellar Data Recovery for Mac software, is the answer of recovering inaccessible files from a corrupt external media. Just like the above data loss cases, you have to make sure the hard drive is mounted on MacOS and software as well. Then from the interface of the Mac recovery software, you can select the external hard drive and click Deep Scan

Create disk image of the corrupt external hard drive and recover Mac data

Another great option to recover Mac files from a corrupt external hard disk drive is to build its disk image. Stellar Data Recovery for Mac offers the option ‘Create Image’ so that user can create disk image (DMG) file of the external hard drive and perform data recovery on it. This is most suited data recovery technique if your hard drive has logical corruption and bad sectors. This is also recommended when the external hard drive is large and takes many hours even days to complete the scan. Using ‘Create Image, disk’ you can divide the large external hard drive into multiple regions and perform data recovery on it.

Mac partition recovery on external hard drive 

The external hard drive may have multiple partitions of file systems including APFS, HFS, HFS+, HFS Wrapper, Windows NT file system, FAT and EXFAT systems. These partitions might get deleted or removed due to any reason known or unknown. The deletion or loss of a partition results only in Data Loss. You might also have removed the BootCamp partition in a hassle in order to make room for MacOS but later regretted removing it.

All of the Mac partition recovery worries can now be answered using Can’t Find Volume feature of Mac data recovery software. 

Mac data recovery on deleted or formatted Time Machine hard drive – NEW

 Mostly Time Machine hard drives are large capacity external hard disk drive that is implemented to take incremental backups of Apple Mac hard drive. Each day and hourly, the Time Machine application takes snapshots of the hard drives and save them to the external hard drives in the name of Backups.backupdb. This folder contains all the data of your Mac hard drive in periodic date wise manner.

I should mention that the Time Machine hard drive is no exception to data loss. You can easily lose beloved Time Machine backups through accidental deletion, hard drive corruption, accidental erasure of the hard drive, drive initialization and bad sectors. Consider a situation where you have backed up your old Mac hard drive with Time Machine application on an external hard drive. Now you sold the old Mac and purchased a new shiny iMac. In an attempt to restore Time Machine data to this iMac you realize that the data is inaccessible. Or may be the hard drive got accidentally formatted in hassle. This results in loosing all the data of your old Mac that was stored safely on this Time Machine external backup disk.

To bring you out from such kind of horrendous situation we have Stellar Data Recovery for Mac software that recover deleted or formatted backup files from a Time Machine external hard disk drive.

P.S. – The software now supports Time Capsule sparse bundle disk images.


All of these above factors indicate that the Stellar Data Recovery for Mac software has truly amazing capabilities for data recovery especially on an external hard disk drive. None Mac data recovery software offers to recover data from external hard drive in diverse conditions collectively. Still don’t believe us?? Try the free demo of Stellar Data Recovery for Mac on your external hard drive and find out yourself. The Technician license of the software is also available for data recovery on multiple Macs from different locations. And yes, we do have a smooth refund policy in case you aren’t satisfied with the software performance.

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