Recover Data from an APFS Formatted Hard Drive on macOS Big Sur or Catalina

Summary: In this blog, you will find an excellent solution to overcome data loss on APFS.

You might be wondering whether APFS data recovery is possible. Trust us, you can recover deleted data, formatted APFS storage media, and partition easily. How?

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Recover Data from an APFS Formatted Hard Drive on macOS Big Sur or Catalina

APFS Data Recovery on macOS Big Sur, Catalina, and Mojave

We heard about APFS file system during the launch of OS X El Capitan, Sierra but APFS made it much-awaited inclusion in macOS High Sierra 10.13. In the Mojave/High Sierra Disk Utility, you have the option to format your (internal/external) hard drive with APFS file system. APFS file system has its own advantages & disadvantages.

Data Recovery on APFS SSD or Hard Drive

Data recovery through Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac is always easy but APFS is a new file system supported by macOS Big Sur, Catalina, and Mojave, so let’s see how this software performs on APFS.

Step 1. Download and install the software on your Mac.

install Stellar Data Recovery

Step 2.  Make the selection of data types you wish to restore. You can Toggle On & Off amongst – Audio, Video, Photos, Documents & Emails. Click Next to move to the subsequent software window.

Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac

Step 3. Here, select your APFS USB or APFS hard drive from the list of all available devices. Note: On clicking the Scan button after choosing APFS storage drive; the software will switch to Deep Scan automatically.  Alternatively, you can manually Toggle ON Deep Scan for the APFS storage media.

Select Location - Professional

Step 4. The APFS file recovery software scans the APFS USB media thoroughly and updates you on the scanning progress.

scan in progress

Shortly, the scan gets completed.

APFS drive recovery
APFS SSD recovery

Step 5. The APFS data recovery software lists all the recoverable data through Classic, File or Deleted List.

Step 6. Preview the files recovered by the software from the APFS drive.

Preview - Professional

Step 7. You can save the recovered files to an external drive after registering the APFS data recovery application.

save files to location

Summing Up

So it is proved that Data recovery on Mac’s APFS file system is possible with the help of best Mac data recovery software. Further, the software can restore lost & deleted data from an HFS, HFS+, HFS Wrapper, NTFS, FAT & ex-FAT.

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