How to Recover Data from Mac to PC

Updated to macOS Data Recovery Tips by Robert on Sep 13, 2023 | Approved by Jennifer Allen

It happens that you need to switch between Mac and PC which of course will result in the need to recover data from Mac to PC. It’s a common situation that people who have both Mac and PC will encounter. Actually, there are two ways for you to recover data from Mac hard drive to PC. One is recovering data from Mac drive on Mac and another is recover data from Mac first, then transfer to PC. Let’s check out the ways in details.

Before we get down to the process to learn how to recover data from Mac to PC, we should make clear that all data in the Mac hard drive or on Mac, deleted or formatted are not visible. Only with the professional tools, it can help to retrieve data from Mac hard drive to PC. Here in the following, we’re going to use the tool iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac. It’s a tiny nice tool for people to get invisible data from all kinds of hard drives, USB flash drive, SD cards, and other types of storage devices. It supports almost all the file types used at work, in the office, at school or at home. Here are some of its features for your reference.

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  • Supports over 500 file types from Mac, including images, videos, audio files, emails, documents and more.
  • Recover data from Mac/Mac hard drive, Windows partition/disks, USB flash drives, memory cards, TF cards, external hard drives, etc.
  • Standalone version for Mac and Windows PC to perform the data recovery. You can install the version according to your computer OS.
  • Streamlined interface with a built-in wizard to make the Mac data recovery simple and easy process.
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Let’s start the process of recover data from Mac drive to Windows PC.

Part 1. Recover Data from Mac Hard Drive Directly to Windows PC

  1. For this part, you need to install iBeesoft Data Recovery Software for Windows on your Windows PC first. Never worry about the incompatibility issue at all. It’s fully compatible with Windows OS.
  2. Connect the Mac hard drive directly to your Windows PC, making sure your computer recognize the hard drive as an external hard drive, which will appear on your computer with a Letter.
  3. Launch the Mac hard drive data recovery software and select the file types in the start-up window. By selecting the specified file types, it will shorten the scanning process, saving you time. Click "Start" to recover data from Mac hard drive to PC.
  4. It’s very crucial to choose the right hard drive in this step. You need to click to choose the Mac hard drive you’ve connected with your Windows PC. After then, click "Scan", letting the utility scan the connected Mac hard drive for the files you prefer to restore from.
  5. When the scanning recover data from Mac to PC process finished, you can choose the needed files by filtering out the wanted files, selecting them and click "Recover" to save them on your Windows PC.

You can see there is an option named as "Deep Scan", it is another scanning mode which will scan more files for you, but takes longer. You can try it as you like.

Part 2. Recover Data from Mac before Transferring to PC

If you still have the Mac and for some reasons, the files are lost or deleted, and you want to recover them and transfer them to your PC, you need to follow the steps below to retrieve data from Mac drive to PC:

  1. Download and install the best Mac data recovery software on your Mac. Making sure you can install it properly on your Mac as this kind of software is not permitted to publish on App Store. Please set up your Mac preferences as to install software from trusted sources, including apps not from App Store.
  2. In the start-up window, select the files types you want to recover from Mac to PC and click "Start". Actually, they’re all selected by default. Uncheck the unwanted ones and click "Start" to recover deleted files on Mac or lost data recovery from Mac.
  3. In the next step, select the drive from which the tool will scan for the files you want to recover to PC. Click "Scan", letting the software scan the files in the partition for you.
  4. In the result window, you can see all files are put into categories. You can filter the wanted files and click "Recover" to save them on your Mac or external hard drive(connect to Mac beforehand).
  5. Use an external hard drive, like a USB flash drive, to copy files from Mac and transfer to Windows PC. It’s easy!