After following a few forums, I was able to rescue my hard drive with ddrescue. It took almost 24 hours, to rescue my files into a .dmg file. When it was completed I double clicked on the dmg file, and I get no mountable file system.

Can anyone help, my first born pictures are on this hard disk, and I would truly be quite upset if I can not retrieve them.

  • Please add the used command(s) to rescue your hard drive! AFAIR ddrescue itself can't create a mountable dmg file. – klanomath Jul 29 '16 at 7:35
  • Like I said, on one forum it stated to use this command: sudo ddrescue -v /dev/disk1s2 /Volumes/Backup/myvolimage.dmg rescue.log That's exactly what I did, however the .dmg isn't mounting. – Palpouli Jul 30 '16 at 8:19

Try to manually mount it:

  • Open Disk Utility.app
  • Click File > Open Disk Image
  • Select the .dmg file.

This should allow you to mount/open the dmg file and install its contents.

  • I have tried this, but after selecting the disk image, nothing mounts. – Palpouli Jul 30 '16 at 8:20

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