Are you a MacBook user, especially MacBook Air or MacBook Pro? Do you sometimes have trouble connecting an external hard drive to your laptop because the hard drive is not being detected? Here are some reasons why your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro won’t detect an external hard drive
The first cause, bad connection
If something goes wrong with the Mac’s USB port or the external USB HDD hardware, the computer will fail to recognize that an external drive is connected.
The second cause, Mac configuration errors
By default, macOS will show detected external hard drives on the desktop, in Finder and Disk Utility. However, if the hard drive is configured incorrectly, you will not be able to see it.
The third cause, file system incompatibility
The File System on a computer decides how files are stored and retrieved, but Mac OS does not support certain file systems. For example, MacBooks running macOS 10.12 and later OS cannot support external drives with APFS/EXT/NTFS format. Also, if the file system is encrypted, Mac OS probably won’t recognize it either.
The fourth cause, a damaged disk
The fourth cause, a damaged disk. To find out if the disk is damaged or not can be easily done by looking in Disk Utility which is grayed out without seeing it in the Finder or on the desktop.
Let’s say you’ve solved the problems above but you still can’t find some files that you’re sure were stored in it. You need an advanced solution, which we will discuss below.
You have just finished a very important file and your computer suddenly crashes. You’ve been working on the best CV of your life for several days now, which will allow you to land the job of your dreams and there, a power cut has erased everything. You kept all of your home photos and videos on your computer and a virus wiped it all out in 5 seconds.
Losing your data as a result of virus attack, hardware failure, system reset, or operator error is obviously a painful ordeal, but unfortunately very common. There are many software solutions available to restore your lost or deleted data. Some are free but often limited, but most are chargeable. In this article, we will focus on one of these paid data recovery software: Wondershare Recoverit. Why this one in particular? Because it is one of the most reliable solutions on the market with an excellent data recovery rate and it offers interesting additional features that should not be overlooked.
How to optimize the recovery of your data?
First, let’s start with some simple computer tips that should help you get the most out of your lost or deleted data recovery.
First and foremost, as soon as you notice that some files are missing, it is important that you stop working on your computer until you have searched for and restored the deleted items. Be aware that a deleted file is not completely erased from your hard drive or storage space until no other files have been saved to the same sectors of the hard drive. They remain stored and are invisible until they are recovered or replaced with other files. We often talk about rewriting a disc. It is therefore imperative to no longer use the storage medium on which the deleted files were located until they are restored.
Then when using Windows and Mac data recovery software like Wondershare Recoverit, be sure to save the restored files to other external storage media like external hard drive, SD card or USB drive. This will prevent overwriting to the storage device containing the deleted items. Of course, data recovery is not foolproof and some files cannot be restored, such as in a full format overwrite. It is therefore recommended that you regularly back up your files to various storage devices or cloud storage services.
Why use Wondershare Recoverit?
Wondershare Recoverit is an easy-to-use recovery software solution popular with thousands of users around the world. Developed in 2003 by the Wondershare company, it has continued to evolve to offer more and more improvements, to support more and more file extensions, to be compatible with the latest devices on the market.
The software can be downloaded and installed on computers with Windows or Mac operating systems. The trial version allows you to analyze and preview lost data to provide relevant insight into which files it can find. A nice little info, no third-party application will be prompted during installation. It even has a built-in antivirus module that protects your files if they have suffered a virus attack. It allows you to recover deleted or lost files from any storage media, even emptied recycle bin, formatted drive, lost partition, external device including smartphones, etc.
Wondershare Recoverit is even able to restore long deleted files with its deep scan system.
Its intuitive interface, combined with restoration wizards, facilitates the analysis and the recovery process. No special settings are required, which makes it accessible to all users, even the less experienced. Another undeniable advantage of this software is its ability to support more than 1000 file formats and file systems: PDF documents, Office files, ebooks, photos and images in standard, proprietary or raw format, videos and movies, audio files with metadata support, emails, archives, web files and many more formats.
Wondershare Recoverit is also able to handle most common file systems (NTFS, FAT, HFS + and APFS) and restore data not only from internal or external hard drive, but also from the recycle bin built into your system, memory card, digital camera, camcorder, USB flash drive, smartphone and any connected storage device. The recovery process also extends to lost, deleted or resized partitions.
In 3 simple steps, you are able to preview document, image, video before immediate restoration. In short, if you want to preview them before you restore them, be aware that you will be able to do so for all formats and data types under 15MB on Mac and those under 30MB on Windows. Of course, it is possible to recover multiple files on the fly rather than restoring them one by one.
But the functionality of Wondershare Recoverit does not end with file recovery. It is also possible with the Standard subscription to create a bootable disc in order to access data even if your computer does not want to start. It is obviously on another computer that you will have to download and install Wondershare Recoverit and create a bootable USB key for example or any other bootable media.
For video recovery, Wondershare Recoverit Advanced Edition incorporates additional advanced tools that can repair damaged videos. To do so, it gathers and matches the fragments of the videos to merge them and then restore the full video.
How to recover lost data on your computer?
If you have not made a backup and you think your data is permanently lost, download and install Wondershare Recoverit on your Windows or Mac OS X computer. Note that the software is compatible with computers with Windows XP / 7 / 8/10 or Mac OS X 11 or later. It also supports Apple T2 and M1 chipset.
No difficulty or special settings are necessary during the installation phase. Just follow the instructions of the installation wizard.
Then launch the program and access the home interface showing the various directories, disks and connected devices.
Select the location where your deleted files are located. You will notice that the interface is simple and that there are shortcuts that allow you to quickly perform data recovery from the recycle bin, your computer’s desktop, or a specific folder. Reducing the field of investigation in this way speeds up the waiting time for the analysis of cases.
Click “Start” to start the full scanner.
Each file in the selected location will be analyzed and displayed in the results list in real time. The wait time varies depending on the number and size of files to be recovered. If you wish, you can pause or stop the current scan at any time.
There are two display modes available to sort and rank the search results. The path display works like the tree view of your browser. Ranking is based on the directories and the subfolders they contain. The second display mode is by file type. The items that can be recovered are sorted into different categories: graphic, video, document, database, web files, archives, miscellaneous or no extension. Then within each category, they are ordered by extension. This organization thus optimizes the search for documents to restore, but it is possible to select everything to recover them all.
But if you know the name of the file to restore, enter it directly in the search field at the top left. An advanced filtering system allows you to show only deleted files, a specific file type, hide or show system files, specify the file size (in different slices) and indicate a range of modification dates .
Wondershare Recoverit therefore offers a unique, simple and fast solution to easily recover all your lost data, regardless of the type of files, and the storage medium on which your data was located. The app has excellent value for money for all the features it offers. Available for both Windows and Mac computers, it makes it easy to restore deleted files in a few simple steps, accessible to everyone.