How to Recover your Programs and Files From A Broken or Dead Mac

If your beloved Mac has gone to the great Apple Store in the sky, you may feel lost and confused. But don’t worry, there is still hope! With a few simple steps, you can recover your programs and files from a broken or dead Mac. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the process so you can reclaim your data and get back to work.

Reasons for a Broken or Dead Mac


When it comes to a Mac, there can be many potential causes for the issue, and not all of them are easy to fix. The most common reasons for a broken Mac include hardware failures, software issues, power failures, and system errors.

Hardware Failures: It may be due to hardware issues, such as physical damage to internal components caused by drops and bumps, malfunctions within the processors and logic boards, disk drives that malfunction due to age or improper installation, power supply woes that limit functionality of the systems components.

Software Issues: Outdated operating systems can also lead to problems. This includes malware attacks from malicious websites and software downloads that corrupt data on the system. If you haven’t been remotely patching against known security vulnerabilities via an antivirus program or other third-party software solutions for your OS version then this is likely the cause of your issues.

Power Failures: These are usually caused by surges in electrical currents such as lightning strikes, faulty running of internal components or poor grounding in the case of external causes like a power box shorting out during storms. This can shut down parts within the Mac – causing memory-, network-, or storage-related problems that need fixing as soon as possible in order for your computer to function correctly again. Lastly these types of events may also compromise personal files stored on hard drives connected directly to the computer without cloud backup in place.

System Errors: System errors could stem from bad coding when dealing with any scripts installed into RAM memory OR virtual memory files acquired at boot time if there is some incompatibility between device drivers and their associated third party programs OR if there was some conflicting code written between two processes which tried executing around same system resources at same time resulting in kernel panic which could cause your Mac’s processor shutdown thus throwing entire system into a locked loop state requiring formal restart via monolithic operating system reset command executed manually by pressing special key combinations while holding down specific buttons while device boots up so it will execute special operations before loading full OS application suite etc.

If you are unable to access the device at all, then resort to using specialized recovery software such as Recoverit Mac Data Recovery. This program can scan your broken Mac’s internal drive for all recoverable files and allows you to selectively save specific items of interest onto another computer or drive for later use.

Backing Up Your Data


Having a backup of your data can help you protect your important files from being permanently lost in the event of a hardware malfunction.

The best way to protect your data is by backing up your files regularly, preferably on an external hard drive or cloud storage solution such as iCloud. Backing up this way ensures that if something were to happen to your Mac, you will have access to a copy of all the important programs and data that were housed on it.

Backing up regularly is key, but it’s also important to know how to back up properly. To ensure that you are creating an accurate and reliable backup image of your Mac:

-Open the Time Machine application;

-Connect an external hard drive or use iCloud;

-Configure Time Machine according to preferences;

-Select the “Back Up Now” option; and finally

-Verify that data has been correctly backed up before restarting the Mac or unplugging the external hard drive.

Restoring Your System

If you’re trying to recover data from a dead or broken Mac, restoring your system can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are several ways you can get your system back up and running.

Restoring from Time Machine: If you have a functional Mac and an external hard drive containing a current Time Machine backup of your broken machine, you can use the Restore feature in the Time Machine app to load the previous state of your hard drive onto a new or repaired machine. It may take some time to restore the entire drive depending on how much data needs to be transferred.

Installing a Fresh Copy of macOS: If it is not possible to restore files with Time Machine, you can always try installing an entirely new operating system on your Mac. This will require wiping out the existing data on your computer, but if the machine is broken beyond repair, this may be the best option for getting it back up and running with all its programs correctly set up and ready for use. Check to make sure any software or services that did not come as part of macOS are also downloaded and installed before beginning this process.

Using Bootable Media: You may also be able to create bootable media containing macOS installation files for use with whatever hardware or non-Time Machine backup solution you have in place for recovering from dead Macs. Using bootable media can help avoid complicated troubleshooting processes that would otherwise need to be done after installing an entirely new operating system from scratch.

For more advanced users, installing Linux on any recently released MacBook Pro model becomes possible due to EFI booting capabilities that are enabled by recent versions of Apple’s macOS operating system; however, caution should still be taken when attempting this as any modifications may prove difficult or impossible to reverse without third-party kernel modules that may not always be available in Linux distributions designed specifically for Apple hardware.


To conclude, recovering your programs and files is a lengthy process. Remember to back up your data, install the necessary recovery software, prepare the hard drive you want to recover from and boot into safe mode. Be prepared to restore large amounts of data or possibly start fresh with a clean system. It is also important to be aware of possible malware threats that could be hiding in your system. Finally, except possible complications due to software or hardware damage, with the right instructions and with a lot of patience you can successfully get back all your data!

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