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How to Recover Data from APFS Start-up Disk Drive

 Modified on: November 1, 2019 |    1586 views

This KB article focuses on recovering lost, deleted and formatted data from an APFS formatted start-up disk and APFS based external hard drives. If you have deleted important files from an APFS formatted Mac HD accidentally, then download >Stellar Data Recovery Professional software. Also, the software supports 64 Bit macOS Catalina 10.15, Mojave 10.14, High Sierra 10.13.4 and 10.13.5. As a precautionary step, it is advised not to continue using your Mac after deleting data from an APFS storage medium.

Follow the steps to recover data from APFS Mac HD.

Step 1: Launch the software and customize your scan from the Home screen.

Recover data from APFS Macintosh HD

Step 2: Here, select your Mac HD which is APFS formatted. You can choose to run Deep Scan on your start-up disk

Select APFS drive for recovery

Step 3: Allow the software to complete the scan on your internal APFS storage drive The scan will complete in some time.

Stellar Mac Data Recovery

Step 4: Now, get the preview of the recoverable data by double-clicking a file. You can get a preview of recovered pictures, videos, documents, emails, etc.

Stellar Mac Data Recovery for APFS

Step 5: Lastly, recover all the data to the destination. Note: Your destination should not be the same as the source. Please use another external hard drive if size greater than the source to save the recoverable files.

Recover APFS Drive

Other than APFS data recovery support, Stellar Mac Data Recovery is compatible with HFS, HFS+, HFS Wrapper, FAT, ex-FAT and NTFS based storage devices.


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