Recover Accidentally Deleted HD in Disk Utility

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If you have accidentally erased Macintosh HD in disk utility and you are directed to disk utility when the computer is switched on, this article provides you keen insight on concepts related to Mac disk utility and how to recover accidentally erased Mac hard drive data from disk utility in the simplest form.

Generally, the process “Erase” in Mac disk utility will completely wipe out the data and it becomes unrecoverable. Thus, the erase function is similar to the “Format” function of Windows. If you have accidentally erased Macintosh HD in disk utility, this guide will surely help you in recovering erased Mac hard drive files quickly.

Will Disk Utility erase files?

Disk Utility is one of the built-in utilities used to perform hard drive-related tasks on Mac OS. It enables Mac users to:

    • Erase, format, partition, and clone disks
    • Mount, unmount and eject hard drives, removable storage media
    • Verifies and repairs a disk
    • Helps in deleting free space or disk
    • Restore volumes from Apple Software Restore images
    • Helps in creating new hard drive partitions

Thus, the answer to the question “Will Disk Utility erase files” is definitely “Yes.”

Note: when you accidentally erased hard disk in disk utility, immediately stop using the drive. As long as the data is not overwritten by new content, it is possible to recover erased Mac hard drive data back.

Recover Erased Hard Drive Mac Using Time Machine Backup

Time Machine is a backup software application part of Mac OS, developed by Apple. The software is designed to work with AirPort Time Capsule, the Wi-Fi router with a built-in hard disk, as well as other internal and external disk drives.

Mac OS recovery from time machine backup

 The AirPort Time Capsule (Time Capsule) is a wireless router given by Apple Inc., including network-attached storage (NAS) and a residential gateway router. This method helps in recovering accidentally deleted Macintosh HD partition only if it has a specific file system present. By using this restoring method you can easily recover erased individual files or entire hard drive.

Step 1: Restart the Mac and press Command and R keys while the startup disk is waking up.

Step 2: List of options are displayed, Select Restore from Time Machine Backup and click Continue.

Step 3: Select your Time Machine Backup and click continue.

Step 4: Select the most recent backup of your Mac’s hard drive and click continue.

System restarts once it finishes the restoring process from time machine backup. Check for the accidentally erased Mac HD in disk utility.

This solution appears to be simple if you choose to recover accidentally erased hard disk utility. But, there are some limitations to use time machine backup.

Here are some of the limitations you have to accept if you choose Time Machine

    •  Time machine requires an apple specific HFS+ format for HDD and APFS format for SSD to store backups.
    •  The backup is not bootable.
    • The backup doesn’t record differences inside a file
    • It will delete backups according to the official schedule
    • The destination volume must be larger in size than the boot volume

Time machine error

The Mac OS is regarded as much easier to use than its Windows counterpart. But, when “Disk Utility can’t repair this disk” error message occurs due to hard drive problems, possibly the backup with Time Machine cannot be completed.

In such situations, you can easily rely on an effective tool to recover data from Mac Volume erased by disk utility on Mac.

SFWare Partition Recovery for Mac software ensures recovery of Macintosh HD partition from all possible scenarios of loss. In addition, it can restore data from formatted, damaged, or lost Mac HD partition. What’s more, it supports FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5, exFAT, HFS and HFS+ file systems.

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How to Recover Accidentally Erased Macintosh HD in Disk Utility

Download and Install the SFWare Partition Recovery tool on your system. Launch the application.

Step 1: Select Recover Drive/Partition from the main screen and click on the drive to be recovered. Click on Next button

Select Drive/Partition recovery from the next screen to recover Mac HD.

Step 2: Software initializes scanning. The next screen displays recovered partitioned data on the screen

Step 3: Double click and Preview the recovered erased hard drive Mac data

Step 4: If you are satisfied with the results, Save the files on your computer

With the help of SFWare Partition Recovery Tool, you can recover data from an unrecognized external hard drive on Mac.

Typical slip-ups that lead to accidental erasing of Macintosh HD in disk utility

  • Directly dragging files to the Trash and restarting the computer
  • Permanently deleted files by using “Option + Command + Delete” keys
  • Deleted files by clicking on the Finder menu and selecting “Empty Trash”
  • Deleting files by clicking “Delete immediately” from the file menu

What if your Finder not responding to verify? click on the link to know what to do when Finder is not working on macOS.


Users often experience a problem with Mac OS when they are not allowed to repair directory in Disk utility. You will be unable to retrieve data from formatted or erased hard drive easily. Solutions mentioned above include a manual method of recovering data using a Time machine back-up and an efficient partition recovery tool

Although time machine can be used to recover erased Mac hard drive data, it comes with its own limitations. SFWare Partition Recovery for Mac is an advanced utility proposed for easy recovering of accidentally erased Macintosh HD in disk utility and other inaccessible partitions.

SFWare provides 24/7 technical guidance in case of any guidance during the recovery process.

If you have successfully recovered erased data from disk utility using SFWare Partition Recovery Software, please drop a review about the product. Share this article with your friends.

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6 thoughts on “Recover Accidentally Deleted HD in Disk Utility

  1. I deleted my data drive accidentally . Can I retrieve it from this software . Right now I am working g on Catalina . What are the steps ? All my pictures are gone . I don’t have a time machine back up … I am crying … please help

    1. Hi Chhavi Methi,
      Well, you no need to worry about your data. Yes, the Software will help you fetch your data from the Mac drive and images as well. All you have to do is, at first stop using your hard drive. Using your drive will rewrite the recoverable data on it. Hence, its strictly recommended to stop using it and follow the instructions as mentioned in the article and restore your data back.
      And I strongly recommend you to enable Time Machine Backup. This is the easiest and simple way to avoid data loss in any of the situations.

  2. I accidentally erased My MacBook Pro hard drive just trying to delete my data I erased everything. I’m not sure what to do I tried to reinstall Lion but no disk to start from? Not sure what to do please help!!!

    1. Hello Deedee crotzer,

      Firstly, you can try recovering your erased Mac hard drive data using a Time Machine Backup. This method only works if you have created a Time Machine Backup with the external storage device. You can restore files from your backup if the original files are ever deleted from your Mac or the hard disk in your Mac is erased or replaced. Follow the steps given in the article to restore MacBook Pro hard drive data using Time Machine Backup. This method only helps you in recovering data and doesn’t reinstall your Mac OS.

      As you also faced trouble in reinstalling the OS, to reinstall the Mac OS you can make use of the Internet Recovery method. This is a bit tedious process. To know more about the procedure to reinstall the Mac OS, you can go through the link given here,

      Once you reinstall the Mac OS and If you haven’t scheduled Time Machine Backup earlier, then the only way to restore your MacBook Pro hard drive is using a data recovery software.

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