In 2018, Apple computers achieved the 9.6% of global desktop and laptop market share and 12.7% in the United States. Apple’s laptops, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, are very decent working machine for college students, designers, bloggers, YouTubers and people in all industries. 

Apple computers are liable computers in terms of both hardware durability and OS stability. However, nothing lasts forever. Sometimes, Mac computer fails to turn on or refuses to boot up to the desktop. 

When you encounter the situation, the first helper you might think of is the local Apple store. Tell me how long you have ever waiting in line for service. Therefore, before you get into that all-time busy place, why not solve the problem on your own first? 

Reason One: Your Mac is disconnected from power 

Your press the power button but the computer has no response at all? If you are using a laptop, the MacBook might have run out of battery. If you are using a desktop, check if the computer’s power cable and outlet are working. 

Reason Two: You Mac’s monitor is disconnected

This usually happens to Apple desktops with a system unit which you need to hook the monitor to. If you press the power button and the light is on, but the monitor is black after you hit “enter” key, the monitor could be disconnected somehow. Go ahead to check the cable connection between the two hardware. 

Reason Three: You can force restart the Mac 

Typically we shut down or restart the computer by clicking on the Apple logo at the left up corner. However, in a Mac not turned on situation, you cannot even see the Apple logo nor the cursor. You can force restart the Mac by holding down Command key, Control key and power button (or Touch ID button) together for at least 10 seconds until the frozen machine reboots. 

Reason Four: You can recover data from the crashed Mac 

If you have valuable files on the failed Mac, the staff in Apple store will charge for data recovery. Restoring data from a Mac that is not even booting up to the desktop by yourself, is it possible? The answer is positive unless the Mac can boot into Recovery Mode. A Mac data recovery software like iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac can be launched through its server by running commands in Terminal and restore files from the unbootable Mac. And the whole process is not as complicated as you expect at all. Even though you are not a computer savvy, you could get your data back using software.

Follow the steps below to boot the Mac into Recovery Mode:

1. Press the power button to completely turn off the Mac.

2. Press the power button to turn on the Mac and press down Command + Option + R together immediately before the Mac starts up.

3. Release the keys until you see a spinning globe and wait to see the macOS Utilities (or OS X Utilities) Window.

Reason Five: You can factory reset the Mac and reinstall macOS 

If your Mac is stuck in the loading bar or can’t boot pass the Apple logo, the Mac operating system may be undergoing some errors. To be honest, even though you take the computer to an Apple store, the experts there would reset the Mac to its factory settings for you. You can do those operations without leaving your home and standing in line for hours! Follow the steps above to start the Mac into Recovery Mode and make sure the Mac is connected to Wi-Fi. Select “Reinstall macOS” (or “Reinstall OS X” in OS X Utilities window) and follow the wizard. It needs to be reminded that all data in the startup disk will be deleted, so remember to recover files first to avoid permanent data loss. 


A crashing Mac could be the worst scenario that you wouldn’t never want to come across. It may mean the permanent data loss or the replacement of hardware or even the computer itself. However, there are still things you could do. Instead of waiting in an Apple store, take time to get hands on the Mac not booting up problems on your own first. 

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