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Learn how to recover data from a Mac hard drive and repair damaged drives for Windows computers. Overcome file system incompatibility with our helpful guide.

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I. When the Mac computer can run: recover the hard disk data on the Mac and transfer it to the Windows computer

If your Mac hard disk data is lost, but the Mac computer can still be used normally, and the Mac hard disk can be recognized, then the data in the hard disk can be directly recovered on the Mac computer, and then transferred to the Windows computer through a removable hard disk. We can use a very practical data recovery software – Renee Undeleter to recover data, it supports the use of Mac system and Windows system.

1. What is Renee Undeleter?

Rene.E Laboratory ™ data recovery software It is a software specially used to restore various data files. When you accidentally delete important files, empty the recycle bin, or format the disk/storage, you can use this tool to retrieve the lost data. The software covers four functional modules, including file recovery, format recovery, partition recovery and image creation, which can help you solve all data loss problems in an all-round way.
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2. How to use Renee Undeleter to recover lost/deleted hard disk data?

As a professional data recovery software, Renee Undeleter not only has comprehensive functions, but also has a very simple operation process. The specific operation steps are as follows:
Step 1: Download, install and run Renee Undeleter on a Mac computer, and select the (Format Recovery) option on the main interface.
Note : In order to avoid data overwriting, it is not recommended to install Renee Undeleter on the disk with lost data. If the hard disk you need to recover data from is an internal hard disk and is the only hard disk in the Mac computer, please download the software to an external U disk or hard disk. If the hard disk you need to recover data is an external hard disk, you can download and install the software to the Mac computer’s internal hard drive.
Mac version choose formatted recovery option
Data recovery function introduction:
File recovery: Quickly retrieve files lost due to accidental deletion or emptying the recycle bin.
Format recovery: Quickly recover files lost due to inaccessible or formatted partitions.
Partition recovery: Partition information can be analyzed and obtained, and the entire partition can be fully scanned.
Create a mirror: A mirror can be created for a partition to back up the current partition state.

Step 2: Next select the hard drive partition where you want to recover data. After the selection is complete, click (Next).
Select the partition to scan for the Mac version
Step 3: Then wait for the scan, the scan time will depend on the size of the hard disk partition. During the scanning process, you can double-click to preview the file. If you have found the file you need to recover, you can check it and click the (Recover) button. At this time, the scan will be terminated to start recovering the file. You can also wait for the scan to end, select the files to be recovered from the scan results, and then click the (Recover) button to save the recovered files in other hard disk partitions.
Mac version waiting to scan
After using the above methods to restore data, you only need to use a mobile hard disk to migrate the data to a Windows computer.
Transfer data from mobile hard drive to computer

II. When the Mac computer is not working: Recover Mac hard disk data on Windows computer

1. Use the diskpart command to format the Mac hard drive

If your Mac computer is unusable due to hard drive corruption and you have no other Mac devices, then you may need to use a Windows PC to help recover Mac hard drive data. Please remove the Mac hard disk first and connect it to the Windows computer through the hard disk box. Note: The operation of removing the hard disk may damage the hard disk or other parts. Non-professionals should be careful . Since the Windows system cannot recognize the file system format of the Mac hard drive, we can only format the Mac hard drive to a file system format supported by the Windows system, and then perform data recovery.
Specific steps are as follows:
Step 1: Connect the Mac hard disk to the computer through the hard disk box, enter (cmd) in the search box, right-click (command prompt), and select (run as administrator).
Step 2: Next, enter the following commands in sequence in the command prompt window, and press the (Enter) key after each command:
list disk (The disks in the computer will be listed, and the disk number of the SD card can be judged according to the capacity)
select disk 1 (1 is the disk number of the Mac hard disk, which can be judged according to the capacity)
clean (The partitions and volumes on the disk will be deleted, and all information will be cleared, but the cleared data will only be marked as deleted and may be recovered)
Enter the Clean command to clear disk information
Then please continue to enter the following command:
create partition primary (Create a primary partition. If necessary, you can enter it on the next command line assign letter = H , H is the drive letter of the new partition)
format fs=ntfs quick (fs=ntfs refers to formatting the hard disk asNTFS file system, you can also use fat32 and exfat instead of ntfs, quick refers to quick format)
exit (quit)
Enter the create partition primary and format fs commands

2. Use Renee Undeleter to recover Mac hard drive data

After the file system of the Mac hard drive has changed to a file system format supported by Windows, you can use Renee Undeleter for Windows to restore it. The specific steps are as follows:
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Step 1: Keep the Mac hard drive connected to the Windows computer, download and install Renee Undeleter on the computer and run it, and select the (Partition Recovery) option on the main interface.
Note: Do not install on the disk that needs to restore data, so as not to cause data overwriting.
Select partition recovery option
Step 2: Next, select the hard disk device that needs to recover data. After the selection is complete, click (Next).
Select target device for partition recovery
Step 3: Please wait patiently for the scan. This process will find out all the partitions in the hard disk, and then the “Select the partition you need to scan” window will pop up, and you can select a specific partition to scan. If not selected, all partitions will be scanned automatically, and more files can be found, but it will take longer.
Select the appropriate partition to scan
Step 4: You can preview the files during the scanning process. If all the required files have been found, you can check the files to be restored, and then click the (Recover) button to restore the files to other disks of the computer.
Partition recovery scan result presentation