How do I recover data from a MacBook SSD?

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Recovering data from a MacBook SSD after loss can be a complex and delicate challenge.

Although there are approaches and software tools available to try to recover data on your own, the specialized nature of SSDs, along with the particularities of the macOS file system, make the process more delicate.

In this age where information is a valuable resource, data loss on a MacBook SSD can have significant impacts. This applies to both individuals and companies.

Therefore, understanding the risks, implementing preventive measures and being aware of recovery options becomes essential in order to preserve the integrity and accessibility of information stored on devices as vital as MacBooks.

In this context, this article reveals whether it is possible to recover data from a MacBook SSD. As well as what happens when you delete a file on this device.

The text also covers how to check if TRIM is activated and whether recovery is possible even if it is.

The blog post also covers when you need to recover documents from your Macbook’s SSD and how to recover data from a Macbook with an integrated SSD.

What’s more, by reading the article, you’ll also discover the approximate cost of the professional data recovery service here at Bot. As well as what the best alternative is for recovering data from a Macbook SSD.

Read on and check it out!

Is it possible to recover data from a MacBook SSD?

Fortunately, it is possible to recover deleted files on a Mac easily – as long as you do it before emptying the trash.

After all, once the user chooses to empty the trash or decides to permanently delete files from solid state drives (SSDs), the task of recovering the data becomes considerably more complex.

Here at Bot, in fact, we recover data from Macbook SSDs and other Apple devices such as:

  • iMac (without integrated SSD)
  • Macbook Air (without integrated SSD)
  • Macbook Pro (2017 and earlier)
  • Mac Mini (without integrated SSD)
  • Mac Pro (without integrated SSD)
  • Apple Airport
  • Time Capsule
  • iPhones and iPads.

What happens when you delete a file?

There is a notable discrepancy between how an SSD and a hard disk work when it comes to deleting a file.

In the context of a hard disk, the sectors that stored the file are marked as available.

However, in most situations, the deleted file remains on the disk until new data is written to it. This period of time makes it possible to recover the file.

In the case of permanent deletion on an SSD with TRIM functionality enabled, the deletion will take place the next time the computer is idle. This allows the sectors to be prepared for future operations.

TRIM is a command in the Advanced Technology Attachment standard. If it is activated, the task of recovering deleted items from an SSD on a MacBook becomes significantly more challenging.

How do I check if TRIM is activated?

In general, MacBooks are manufactured with TRIM functionality enabled as standard.

You can easily check this setting by following these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple icon and select “About this Mac”. Then choose “System Report”. Alternatively, press and hold the “Option” key and click on “System Information”
  2. In the left panel of the “System Information” window, under the hardware section, locate “NVMExpress” or “SATA/SATA Express” – depending on the SSD interface of your MacBook
  3. In the right panel, scroll down until you find “TRIM Support”. If it says “Yes”, this means that the TRIM command is operating correctly.

Is it possible to recover files from the SSD even with TRIM activated?

The situation improves if you discover that TRIM is disabled, although this is unlikely.

When TRIM is not enabled, the SSD retains the deleted file in its area because it doesn’t receive an instruction to delete the unnecessary data.

Thus, the SSD will not delete the file until new data is written to that region, similar to how a hard drive works.

In this scenario, there is a considerable chance of recovering data from a Macbook SSD.

However, even with TRIM enabled on the MacBook, it may still be possible to recover documents from the SSD.

After all, as we mentioned earlier, the TRIM command is run to delete useless data when the computer is idle – not while programs are running.

So even if the SSD hasn’t been through the TRIM process, there’s still a chance of recovering the files.

It is therefore recommended that the user tries to recover the deleted items as soon as possible.

When do I need to retrieve documents from my MacBook SSD?

The situation may vary for each user when dealing with data recovery from an SSD in a MacBook Air/Pro.

In some cases, the user may be aware of the possibility of data loss; in others, this awareness may be absent.

However, there are indicators that point to possible problems with the device’s drive, which in turn can lead to document loss.

Considering this, it’s important to examine the signs that a MacBook may show indicating the need to back up the files on the SSD.

By being aware of these scenarios, you’ll be able to act promptly to recover your information if any of the situations below come to pass.

Delete files from SSD permanently

This situation can occur if one of the following four actions is carried out:

  1. Use the keyboard shortcut “Option” + “Command” + “Delete”
  2. Select “Delete Immediately” in Finder
  3. Empty your Mac’s trash manually or
  4. When items have been moved to the trash for more than 30 days.

MacBook SSD malfunctions

This situation involves:

  • Cases of accidental deletion of an APFS (Apple File System) section or container
  • Drive reformatting scenarios
  • Occurrence of a bad sector
  • Incidence of procedures that corrupt the structure of the storage system.

These scenarios can result in the complete loss of files from the drive, including all documents.

Virus and malware attacks

Malicious software compromises the normal functioning of the computer. Viruses, for example, can cause significant damage. Such as damaging Mac devices, extracting data, deleting files, etc.

One common scenario is the inability to open documents corrupted by viruses or malware. This requires agile recovery of information and removal of threats on the Mac.

Physical damage to the MacBook SSD

If a MacBook suffers an impact, overheats or comes into contact with liquids, it is possible that parts of the SSD or the entire drive will be damaged. This exposes the stored data to risk.

How to recover data from the SSD of a MacBook with integrated SSD

You can recover data from the SSD of a Macbook with a built-in solid state drive using the native Time Machine feature.

To do this, follow the steps below:

  • First, connect your Mac to the Time Machine drive and, if necessary, enter the password to access it
  • Then access the directory where the file was stored (optional)
  • Next, in the menu bar, click on the Time Machine icon and open the application If you can’t find the Time Machine icon in the menu bar, add it in the “System Preferences” to make it easier to find. To do this, click on the Apple icon. Then go to “System Preferences” and select Time Machine, checking the option “Show Time Machine in the menu bar”
  • Once this is done, find the specific file in the Time Machine backup timeline by navigating with the mouse or using the arrows
  • Now select the desired documents and press the space key to view them
  • Finally, click on “Restore”, wait for the process to complete and then check that the file has returned to its original location on your MacBook.

It’s worth noting that regular backups are essential to prevent data loss, especially for important documents. After all, this practice helps protect against viruses and failures.

How do I recover data from a Macbook with a faulty integrated SSD?

For Macbooks with electronic, battery or similar problems, as well as the latest models (after 2017), we at Bot do not carry out recovery processes.

However, for Macbooks with an integrated SSD, we specialize in the recovery of MacBooks Pro with Touch Bar 13 and 15 inches from 2016 and 2017.

We even have all the professional equipment needed to extract the data from the integrated SSD, even if the Macbook Pro’s motherboard is burnt out.

How much does it cost to recover data from a MacBook SSD?

The price of a Macbook SSD data recovery usually varies depending on the complexity of the case.

We at Bot have been specializing in data recovery for over a decade, working with various operating systems and device manufacturers. Including the MacBook.

To make it easier for you to quote for data recovery, we have provided our partial prices for the service. These are:

  • 190 € or 02 installments of 95€ for low complexity cases (level 1)
  • 340 € or 02 installments of 170 € for medium complexity cases (level 2)
  • 570 € or 02 installments of 285€ for high complexity cases (level 3)

Please note, however, that these figures represent estimates based on the cases we deal with on a daily basis.

This means that prices may vary. The only way to get an exact price is to go through our diagnostics (in emergency mode or 100% free of charge).

To start the process, click on this link.

What is the best solution for recovering files from a MacBook SSD?

When the files lost from the MacBook SSD are critical and the self-employed approach isn’t working, professional assistance is the best option to increase the chances of successful recovery.

However, it is important to make sure you choose a reliable and experienced service provider when opting to go down this route.

The factors that corroborate the importance of turning to a specialized company to recover files from your MacBook SSD are:

  • Avoid aggravating the data loss situation by using complex and dangerous techniques for inexperienced users
  • Have greater confidence that data recovery will be successful, because it is being carried out by highly trained professionals using powerful tools
  • Know exactly when the data will be recovered, without worrying about the uncertainty of a process carried out on your own.


Recovering data from a MacBook SSD can be a complex and sensitive task, requiring a careful and professional approach.

The increasing reliance on SSDs as the main form of storage highlights the importance of understanding the risks associated with data loss. As well as the measures needed to recover it.

After all, from accidental deletions to technical failures, the data on an SSD can be at risk.

Prevention is crucial, but when loss does occur, turning to recovery specialists is the best solution for reversing the loss of valuable data.

In this scenario, you can count on us!

The data recovery services here at Bot can help you recover lost, deleted, corrupted or damaged files from leading Apple devices and computers:

  • iMac (without integrated SSD)
  • Macbook Air (without integrated SSD)
  • Macbook Pro (2017 and earlier)
  • Mac Mini (without integrated SSD)
  • Mac Pro (without integrated SSD)
  • Apple Airport
  • Time Capsule or even
  • iPhones and iPads.

In fact, we specialize in recovering Macs with an integrated SSD, MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar 13 and 15 inches from 2016 and 2017.

We even have all the professional equipment needed to extract data from the integrated SSD, even if the Macbook Pro’s motherboard is burnt out.

We have a team of highly trained professionals to recover your data in record time (12h/24/48h).

For your convenience and comfort, we also cover the cost of shipping your MacBook from any address in Portugal.

In addition, we prioritize the excellence of your experience, ensuring that your data is delivered properly recovered, cleaned and organized.

Not to mention that we use state-of-the-art equipment and codes to treat and separate corrupted files from irrelevant ones (generated as a result of the recovery process).

Trust those with over a decade of tradition and +150k satisfied customers: start recovering your Macbook with us now!


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