I have a 2013 iMac which is already showing signs of problems with the hard drive. Only a few days ago, the internal hard drive crashed out of the blue. I have some data on the drive, and I was changing the order of some of the files when the whole system just crashed straight down. When I was adjusting the files, I suddenly noticed that there was a dual back-up running, and it seems as though the data on both of the backup systems has been corrupted somehow, so that I can’t now open the files which I was looking at prior to this backup. I hooked up the drive to a spare iMac that I had, but the computer says that the drive cannot be read, and then adds another drive, much smaller and with a different name, to the Disk Utility. The data that I want to extract is not on this second mis-named drive, and so I am not able to get the data from the drive in this way.
I have an old iMac 2007 which has lost the hard drive. I had the drive working as an OS drive, and it had some data on it including saved apps and some documents. When I got a File system error while booting, I knew that there would be problems. I swapped out the drive, and put in a replacement backup drive which I had created around 2 weeks ago. Despite the fact that I have backed up and am able to use the replacement drive, I have data on the old hard drive which is still important. I have tried using the removed drive as an external drive, but while the connection spins the drive around, the computer is not reading it. I can see it in Finder, but there is no folder available, and I can’t get Disk Warrior to recognise it. I cannot hear any clicking or scratching sounds, which would suggest a failure, but I still can’t get into the drive.