Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetSoftware · 4 weeks ago

How do I reformat my Mac's internal hard drive and then recover all of my data?


How do I reformat my Mac's internal hard drive and then recover all of my data? Will my Mac start up OK once I have reformatted my hard drive? 

I have Time Machine working and it is up to date. 

12 Answers

  • Andy T
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    You probably misunderstood what a reformat is. This blanks the drive without blanking it in a technical sense and effectively no longer starts up without reinstallation and data is scrambled without recognition to those that do do the retrieval business.

    Effectively blank to ordinary users, Time Machine is backups tool, I assume you are sure the backs imagery is proper, that's at most what you going to "recover" though I'm a bit confused what is it.

  • 4 weeks ago

    backup everything using time machine or by copying all the files on an external hard drive or flash drive

  • 4 weeks ago

    I think upload to iCloud reformatvthen down your stuff from iCloud

  • 4 weeks ago

    You need to copy all your personal data to a hard drive before formatting your computer

    Whenever you format the computer it is returned to it's original factory settings. Before you do the procedure, contact a friend for some help. Even the personnel at Staples or Office depot etc will always help you ..

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  • keerok
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Formatting the hard drive will delete all data making recovery useless. The proper procedure is to recover the data first then reformat. If the hard drive does not work properly anymore and data can no longer be recovered, there is no point formatting it anymore.

    Lesson learned? Do backups. USB flash drives are cheap.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Friend, you haven't got a prayer of doing that successfully. You should have been doing backups all along like the grownups do.

  • Jeff
    Lv 4
    4 weeks ago

    I have a better Idea.

    Instead of asking a Computer-related question in this forum,

    you should go to the Knitting forum and ask questions about NFL Football.

  • Save first your important data to external disk before to reformat the HDD.

    Like life, to be happy.

  • 4 weeks ago

    1. repost this in the Computers and Internet section.

    2. Ignore anything you read on Yahoo Answers and go to a reputable Mac help site or forum.

  • Since you've made this a religious question

    the answer is

    Pray very, very hard.

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