Issue: Is it worth attempting recovery from 1 TB inner SSD after reformat?
MacBookPro 15 2017 (MacBookPro14, 3)
OS: macOS Catalina 10. 15. 6 19G73 x86_64
CPU: Intel i7-7700HQ (8) @ 2 . 80GHz
GPU: Intel HD Visuals 630, Radeon Pro 5iphon scam
Backstory: Laptop was stolen and I locked this remotely using Apple’s “FindMy”. I have recovered the notebook and it works, but it appears I didn’t lock it quickly enough, because someone reformatted the SSD to try to bypass it. MacOS refuses to boot now. Questionmark folder at startup.
I can get it booted directly into Recovery Mode and can connect to WIFI.
You will find only tried DiskDrill (useless, I know) to check the drive but it will not seem to find much other than a few hundred EFI record files and cache documents. https://www.cleverfiles.com/help/disk-drill-recovery-mode.html (just including this info w screenshot to exhibit was DiskDrill shows concerning the drive)
It seems the thief did the secure wipe, not just a quick reformat.
Is there a tool that has a decent chance at recuperating my system?
Should I just cut my losses? OR should I simply reinstall, and allow my iCloud / Google Drive back-up to rebuild? I have no complete system backups – just cloud sync of anything in iCloud plus Google Drive. Most of data / photos are supported to the cloud but you can find Applications installed I may not be able to get license keys for again.
I’ve looked over lots of tools mentioned with this subreddit, but my head’s spinning because I can’t tell which of them I can scan the notebook from a “live” USB stay.
I You do not have an enclosure I can use to remove the SSD and attach it on another program.
I DO possess a 1TB external drive I could recover files off from the laptop computer onto.
I ACTUALLY DO have access to a windows PC and also a mac-mini and a Linux VM on Parallels.