22 Oct

Once upon a time, Mac data recovery didn’t pose much of a challenge. This was because previously, Macbook computers had removable spinning hard disk drives (HDD) or replaceable solid-state drives (SSD). The role of SSD and Mac data recovery is vital for us at IT Tech.

Both the HDD and SSD are internal Macbook components responsible for data storage. In the past, when disaster struck, retrieving stored data was often a fairly straightforward process. The recovery process involved removing the SSD or HDD from the damaged Mac and inserting them into an operational Mac to obtain the content contained on those drives.

SS and Mac Data Recovery
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In 2016, Apple released a new Macbook Pro range, which impacted the Mac data recovery process significantly. In Macbook Pro’s produced after 2016, except the low-end model A1708, the SSD comes soldered to the logic board. This means that what was once an easy component to isolate and remove, is now attached therefore simply placing the component into a functional Macbook is no longer an option.

If you own a 2016 or 2017 Macbook Pro model, the data recovery process still remains accessible for computer technicians. This is thanks to the inclusion of what is referred to as a ‘lifeboat’. The lifeboat component is a port, allowing for the transfer of data from the non-functioning logic board, to another functional Macbook. We can use a special tool called ‘Data Migration Tool Kit’ to connect to the ‘lifeboat’ port and retrieve the data from the SSD chips on the damaged logic board.

SSD and Mac Data Recovery

One issue which still inhibits the success of data recovery from these models, is the fact that when it comes to water damage, often the lifeboat port or the SSD control circuit is damaged. Apple Genius Bar technicians do not have the technical knowledge and materials required to repair these issues. This means you can be left thinking you have no hope of retrieving all those lost files.

Luckily, at IT-Tech Online, we have nearly 20 years of experience in resolving a range of Macbook issues. Our technicians are experts in the field, with the capacity to undertake advanced repairs at a very micro level. We are able to offer a more comprehensive service than most other IT technicians, making us your best chance of successful data recovery.

In 2018 Apple removed the lifeboat component. This made the process of Mac data recovery very difficult for anyone, but virtually impossible for those without advanced computer engineering knowledge.

At IT-Tech Online, our technicians are able to utilise skills including micro-soldering, to isolate and resolve problems with the logic board. This is the only way to retrieve data on models produced after 2018. SSD and Mac data recovery is something our qualified professionals can help you with today.

SSD and Mac Data Recovery
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However, Apple has intentionally made the process of data recovery difficult, meaning that success rates are significantly reduced in Macbook models produced in 2018 onward. For this reason, our number one recommendation to avoid falling victim to these changes, is to ensure you regularly back-up any important files.

At IT-Tech Online, we are also using our expertise to try and pioneer a new temporary “lifeboat” port on 2018 onward models. If we are successful in doing so, this will increase the rate of successful data recovery significantly. You can stay up-to-date with our progress here.

If you are unlucky enough to need data recovery services, IT-Tech Online is here to help make the process easier for you. Contact us today to find out more!

SSD Mac Data Recovery
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