If you are new to the world of Apple, then you might not have heard about Fusion Drives. Apple has introduced a Fusion Drives in 2012 and is usually available in models such as iMac and Mac Mini. The working of Fusion Drives is quite complex. This makes it difficult to recover fusion drive data in the case of data loss. Let’s take a look at how these drives work, the problems that can crop up, and how they can be solved.
What are Fusion Drives?
Fusion Drives are two drives that fused together. They are an integration of solid state drives and hard disk drives. They come up with both – high speed read/write performance and high storage capacity.
Typically, the Mac OS places frequently used data on the flash storage. This increases the speed of accessibility. On the other hand, less frequently used data is stored on the hard drive. Fusion drives bring together the best of both worlds. The Mac OS is skilled enough to operate both halves of the drive simultaneously. This makes it function as a single storage device. You can access data quickly and also store a lot on it. For this purpose, fusion drives offer up to 1 TB of storage.
Common Fusion Drive Problems
Just like any other storage device, fusion drives can also have their fair share of trouble. If you have been using a fusion drive and it is not performing as usual, then here are some reasons that might be interfering with its functioning:
- The fusion drive can appear as two drives in the finder. Mac OS might start recognizing the component drives as two separate entities.
- Fusion drive might have been split into its component drives and deleted in the wrong order. The Logical Volume needs to be deleted first before the Logical Volume Group.
- Fusion drive disk unmounting error that strikes when either the SSD or the HDD fails.
These are the most common problems that users of Fusion Drive encounter.
Solution to Fusion Drive Problems
If your Fusion Drive is giving you any of the above-mentioned errors, let’s understand how you can fix them. Mac fusion drive recovery is possible. Simply follow the steps given below based on the error that you are facing.
1. Fusion Drive Appears as Two Drives in the Finder
Since this error occurs in the case the Fusion Drive has been split, we will first check whether it is in a Split stage. Simply follow these steps:
- Click on Apple Menu.
- Click on ‘About this Mac’. Then click on ‘Storage’.
- Check if you can see a drive named ‘Fusion Drive’. If you can see one, your drive is working perfectly.
- In the case the drive has been split, it will be available as two different drives. In order to fix it, you need to fuse them together again as a single logical volume.
To fix a fusion drive that has been split, simply follow the steps given below. But before you do that, we advise you to take a complete backup of your drive. When ready, begin:
- Shut down your Mac.
- Start it again and immediately hold the ‘Command-R’ or ‘Option-Command-R’ keys during boot. Release the keys only when you see the Apple logo. This will start the MacOS Recovery drive.
- Navigate to ‘Utilities’. Click on ‘Terminal’.
- In the terminal window, type ‘diskutil list’. Hit Return.
- You should be able to see the identifiers of the two internal storage drives. Note them.
- In the terminal, type ‘diskutil cs create Macintosh\ HD identifier1 identifier2’. Hit the return key.
- Type ‘diskutil cs list’. Hit the return key.
- Note the identifier after Logical Volume Group.
- In the terminal, type ‘diskutil cs createVolume logical-volume-group-identifier jhfs+ Macintosh\ HD 100%’. Hit the return key.
- Quit the terminal and select Reinstall MacOS.
- Click on ‘continue’.
When the installation finishes and the system restarts, you would be able to see the drive as a single Fusion Drive.
2. Fusion Drive is Deleted in the Wrong Order
If you have been trying to delete a Fusion Drive but deleted it in the wrong order, you can fix the issue. Usually, in such a case, the terminal would never finish reformatting one of the drives. Here are the steps through which you can fix this:
- Quit the terminal.
- Restart the Mac.
- Launch the disk utility mode.
- Reformat each drive from the old fusion array.
The commands that you can use to delete each drive are:
- For Logical Volume: diskutil cs deleteVolume identifier
- For Logical Volume Group: diskutil cs delete identifier
Here, the identifiers are the UUID of each drive. You need to make sure that these IDs are correct.
3. Disk Unmounting Error
If you encounter this Fusion drive error, follow these steps:
- Go to the terminal.
- Type the command – ‘diskutil unmountDisk identifier’
- Hit the return key.
One issue with fusion drives is that even if one of the component drives fail, the entire drive fails. In such a case, the best bet would be to avail of professional data recovery services to recover fusion drive data.
How to Recover Fusion Drive Data?
If you have been suffering from data loss in your fusion drive, Stellar Data Recovery services can help you save your valuable data. Fusion drive data recovery is a complex process. It requires years of experience and high expertise to successfully handle a fusion storage device.
With Stellar, you can handle every type of Fusion drive data loss issue. Depending on the type of problem, you can choose the best data recovery process. Here are two ways in which Stellar can help you with Mac fusion drive data recovery:
1. In the case of a logical Issue: Logical issues can be easily handled by our DIY data recovery software solution. All you have to do is download the Mac Data Recovery Software, install it on your system, and start recovering your fusion drive lost files.
2. In the case of a physical Issue: Physical issues require face-to-face assessment. For this purpose, Stellar Data Recovery Service makes it super easy for you to submit your mac fusion drive for inspection and recover your lost data. Stellar breaks down the complex recovery process into 4 easy steps:
- Consultation: Get in touch with us at 1800-102-3232 and avail consultation about what your problem.
- Evaluation: Once we pick up the fusion drive from your doorstep, we evaluate it for all underlying issues. We also communicate the issue to you immediately.
- Recovery: The recovery process follows and based on the hard drive error, we assign the right specialist to tackle the issue.
- Receive: After a successful data recovery, you will get back the drive at your doorstep.
Fusion Drives are complex storage devices. If you have fixed the errors with the above methods but are still not able to recover fusion drive data, Stellar Data Recovery services can come to your rescue. Simply get in touch with us and get the ball rolling!