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Model A1419 / Ende 2013 / 3,2 und 3,4 GHz Core i5 oder 3,5 GHz Core i7 Prozessor, ID iMac14,2

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Data Recovery from Divorced Fusion Drive

Today, my iMac 27 inch came back from the Apple Store with a new hard drive in it. The iMac went to the Apple store for video card repair. To my surprise, the fusion Drive was replaced. I didn't even know I had fusion Drive feature! I managed to get my old 3.5" hard drive back. I guess the drive had one bad sector or something.

Here's where the problem comes in, my old one terabyte drive was fusion as well. When I plug the drive into disk utility, The name is red, and the only way to"fix"the drive is to format it. I try to reunite the drive with the fusion inside, but because fusion has been configured to a new hard drive, I cannot rejoin the two without formatting.

So, the short version: is there a way to communicate with a hard drive that was previously participating in a fusion configuration? I feel like the only options available are destructive.

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Welcome to the "Wonderful World of Apple Repair". Never send Apple a disk with non-backed up data. They don't care and don't call you before destroying it. Always use a backup external drive. I don't trust the cloud yet nor do I want to pay for that much external storage. If you send a machine in for a depot repair drop in a failed hard drive, from that stack you have of failed Apple drives. Try to install a drive that was available for that model.

Keep up to date on all Repair Extension Programs. Search, a lot are not published. Here's some they will tell you about: https://www.apple.com/support/exchange_r...

There are many others they don't tell you about even if it has been sent in for a depot repair. Those are generally the result of Class Action law suits. The problem is they generally cover only the first four years from the date of purchase. But the Apple legal team keeps it litigation for three years so there is only a one year window, then you're SOL. Case in point, here's the program on the 2011-13 MBP: https://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro...

You have until Feb. 27, 2016, or three years from the date of purchase, to redeem the offer. http://www.macworld.com/article/2886966/...

This program was only announced in Feb of 2015,

Remember the company is no longer being run by a great innovative man, but by a corporate greedy SOB who pulled in $100,000,000 into his pocket in 2014. http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-how... .............just imagine what that does to the curve of equal pay for women! Just the CEOs of the Fortune 500 companies probably make as much as a million women in the work force. "The average S&P 500 company CEO made 373 times the salary of the average production and non-supervisory worker in 2014, up from 331 times in 2013, according to the AFL-CIO. http://www.cnbc.com/2015/05/18/why-corpo...

Tim Cook is a practiced lier, he hid for 54 years and finally came out after he became CEO of Apple: http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/30/technolo...

What do you do with that kind of money? Run for President or control elections? http://9to5mac.com/2016/03/07/tim-cook-a...

"I don't want to get off on a rant here" but..........I have.

"Of course that's just my opinion, I could be wrong",


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True story - I'm trying Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery as we speak, time remaining is 1-2 days though. I'll post how it goes.


I was entertained and educated all at once, a good way to spend a friday night answering questions. :D


My girlfriend went to the symphony or out with the girls.


@Kevin McCartney any luck with the recovery?


Fully restored ! It is vonderful.


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Are these software titles still the recommended ones? I’m out trying to do a recovery on both the drives in conjunction with one another? Or am I trying to do a Recovery on just the failed HDD?

Any help is appreciated here.

I have a late 2013 iMac with a fusion Drive comprised of a blade style SSD and the 3 TB HDD.

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@wellconnected - Sadly there is still no tools other than Apples Disk Utilities to recover APFS volumes. So if you have High Sierra or newer (likely) you're SOL!


Are you saying that you can use an older version lower that High Sierra to recover?


@o4u2sweat - It is confusing! The root issue is two fold!

1 - The systems firmware level (OS release)

2 - The volumes format HFS+ vs APFS

So no,, rolling back to an older OS release won't help as it won't understand running on APFS as its expecting HFS+. Besides if you have a newer system the systems firmware won't allow it either.


I ended up sending both drives to $300 Data Recovery in California. Yes, it cost more than $300 to recover, but they’re good folks. I recommend them.

Pls mention Chris@WellConnectedLife.com if you use them. Seriously. Not an advert…a fact. Fusion Drive recovery is no a diy project. Please don’t attempt it.


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For divorced, Corrupted or broken Apple Fusion Drive first of need use tools :

R-Studio or UFS Explorer. It support it and can help very well.

In some very difficult cases if it not help you then you can sent it to me . I will help.

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I also have failed fusion drive. my mac mini can’t see the drive and I can’t boot into mac os. Any solutions to this? I already take both of the logical drive from my mac.

If I use stellar or UFS, do I connect both of these fusion drive to new mac or pc and run Stellar or UFS Explorer?


UFS explorer can help you.


Or try "reclaime PRO"

Or try "PC3000 RAID Edition".

Or if it not works - send it to me.


Sadly, Apple did their own thing with the file system and has still not published the needed details for any this party to recover APFS volumes as well as Fusion Drive volumes which are running under APFS.


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Kevin McCartney wird auf ewig dankbar sein.

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