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Data recovery for Apple MAC Computers

From early Macintoshes to modern MacBook Air/Pro, iMac, Mac Mini and Mac Pro

Databe Lab supports all of the existing Apple-MAC computers with all versions of its operating systems for most discriminating and professional data recovery service. Databe team of experts would fight to the bitter end to save the last bit of lost user information from the affected hard drive. MAC users are provided with the same high-quality service, as PC users.

Most if not all hard-drive related crashes on MAC computes have the same issues as any other digital storage device, therefore technically speaking the identical or similar problem solving methods can be applied to retrieve digital information from the malfunctioning drive. Starting from the clean environment inside-drive inspection and data-safe mechanical tests and repairs, the data restoration process continues in the non-stop data-scan with the following in-depth structural analysis of recovered digital image. Built specifically for Mac data recovery purposes by dedicated Mac developers, only the best native Mac recovery applications are used for data analysis and qualitative data restoration. Our team is fully prepared for most difficult and unusual cases. Thousands of successfully done jobs have taught us not to give up and continue to fight for every user file until it's recovered, no matter what.

MacBook recovery

You may help to expedite the data restoration project if you timely deliver failed MAC drive or the whole computer to the lab and answer to few technical questions in the service form.

The main question we are interested is what and where your critical data is located to recover first. The simple answer like: "I need my pictures and documents" - will certainly help, yet more detailed answer would be preferable.

The advanced MAC users probably know the data organization on MAC-formatted drive. Unlike the external drive where you place your files and folders in your own order, the internal MAC-drives have well-defined data organization.

By default (and in most cases) the user data located only in few folders on the drive, on the main partition. The key root folder we start looking for data is USERS. It is the place for profiles of all users of MAC computer. Normally, most important files are located inside the user profile locate in subfolders – such as DOCUMENTS.

About Forks

  • If you use PC computer for browsing through recovered MAC-data, you may notice strange small-sized files beginning with dot in their names. Those unusual files are the part of MAC file system, known as Data Forks. Technically, any file in MAC file system has its extra little file that is a special descriptor, needed for normal functioning of MAC OS. Once copied back to HFS or HFS+ they would be treated as single and working files: no Data Forks are visible on MAC.

Failed drive - 500GB HGST Travelstar Z5K500 2.5-inch 7mm 5400RPM Hard Drive from Irvin
» I can hear a distinctive clicking sound coming from my 13-inch IMac. Whenever I turn it on, it says no bootable device. And the hard drive seems to have problem starting up when it makes frequent clicking noise. I need all my pictures in Windows 7 system and all the stuff in Mac system.

All requested files were successfully retrieved.


Failed drive - IBM laptop from Gilbert T. Tampa, FL USA
» Cause of failure was some water spilled on the laptop while running. The liquid shorted the HDD circuitry and the motor. Drive dos not power-on or spin.

Thanks for your hard work and especially the option of the disc re-image. That could prove to be the life saver.


Failed drive - Seagate Seagate FreeAgent Desk 1.5Tb external from Flight Centre Canada
» I have a FreeAgent external box and it dropped from a small height.
After the accident the computer didn't detect it anymore and it makes a noise like ticktock with quiet buzzing.
The hard drive was removed from the external enclose and tested separately in computer repair shop.
The technician told me that the abnormal clicking sound from the hard drive is not a good sign. It's possible the spindle or reading heads may be damaged.

I thought I was going to lose my data. Thank God I was wrong.


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