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How to Recover Files Deleted from Encrypted Mac Hard Drive?

December 27, 2018     22019 views     0     0

Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac is capable enough to recover lost, deleted, and inaccessible files from an encrypted hard disk drive, partition, or an encrypted external hard drive. To start the recovery process, you just need to download & launch this >encrypted Mac data recovery software, connect the password-protected hard drive to your macOS, and follow the systematic steps as stated hereunder.


Steps are: 

Step 1) On the main interface, select what you want to recover, Recover Everything or Customize Your Scan. Click Next.

Mac encrypted hard drive recovery

Step 2) Under Select Location window, choose the Encrypted Drive.

select password-protected drive for recovery

Note 1: Make sure to provide the password to unlock your encrypted hard drive. Otherwise, on failing to provide the passcode, the software won’t proceed further to scan your encrypted drive.

unlock hard drive

Note 2: Once the drive is unlocked, re-select the drive and you can either switch to Deep Scan or stick with the primary scan option as per your convenience.

Step 3) Click Scan to begin scanning on the encrypted drive.

Step 4) After the completion of scanning, the software will enlist all the recoverable items such as Photos, Videos, Audio, Emails, and Documents in the Preview window.

scan completed

Step 5) Select any desired file or folder to launch its Preview.

Step 6) After Preview, select the files for restoration. Click Recover and it will allow you to choose a place to save your file. Select a folder at your desired location to save them.


Step 7) Saving Files… Wait till the process completes.

saving files


3 User Comments

November 18, 2016 07:22 am

What if the encrypted drive is failing and has bad sectors? The software is not requesting a password. I see no option to enter it, manually.

Amit Pandey
November 18, 2016 10:00 am

Hi Tuffy,

Have you tried disconnecting - reconnecting the USB cable of the hard drive while the software is launched? The software refresh itself every time a HDD is connected to Mac and hence it will request for a password. And if the HDD is failing then it might not ask at all, as you mentioned. For more information, please get in touch with our support department at earliest. Here is the mail ID -


April 21, 2019 04:42 pm

hi, My external hard drive was APFS encrypted and one software erase it accidentally to another partition apfs not encrypted, I have my password of old volume and information on my apple Keychain, do you think "scan lost volumes" + "Deep Scan" can read the lost volume encrypted with APFS ? Thank you for your answer


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