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How to Recover Mac Files from a Corrupt APFS Storage Drive?

October 17, 2018     13232 views     0     0

Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac is one of the most proficient software that facilitates recovery of files, folders, and media objects from a logically corrupt APFS & HFS storage drive.

What is a logically corrupt Mac storage drive?

The data storage drive or volume, which fails to mount on macOS, is an example of a corrupt Mac storage drive. Such storage drive or volume will not appear on the Finder menu or on the desktop. Disk utility will show such a volume as faded as compared to other healthy volumes.


Repair a corrupt disk or volumes

Disk Utility’s own ‘Repair Disk’ feature fails to fix the corruption on the Mac volume. The data inside the corrupt storage drive remains inaccessible until and unless scanned & recovered by the Stellar Data Recovery software.

Recover data from a corrupt storage drive: Follow the guidelines listed below to recover data from logically corrupt Mac storage drive successfully.

1.    Install Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac on your Intel Mac machine.

2.    Launch the software and click the ‘Create Image’ button present on the top menu. This creates an image of the corrupt storage drive on the desired location.

3.    Upon clicking the button, image creation of the corrupt disk begins. The software scans each block of the corrupt APFS storage drive and images it to a user-defined location.

4.    Once the software finishes imaging of the drive, it will give a message to proceed to drive recovery. Or else you can click “Load Image” from the top menu of the software wizard to load the created image.

5. Toggle on the “Deep Scan” option to recover files from the damaged storage drive.

6. Once the ‘Scan’ button is clicked, the software launches intensive search for lost or inaccessible files from the image file.

7. Scan beings & ends after some time. The scan time depends upon the size of the image file. Once the scan is finished, the wizard will show a message.

​8. Preview & Recover files:

Preview: After the scan is over, the user can take his/her time to preview each recovered file(s). Software successfully shows the preview of media files including audio-video, image, and documents. Preview assists the user in selection of recovered files to be saved on an external media.​

Recover: Select all files or the desired files for recovery. Now, click the ‘Recover’ button to provide the destination for saving the recoverable files.

If your Mac volume or an external APFS storage device has logical corruption, then Free Download the Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac software to scan and recover the corrupt APFS storage drive or volume. For better understanding, you can also view the following video tutorial:


3 User Comments

Ovidio Villeda
October 6, 2015 11:59 pm

Dear sirs:
I have a 2 TB WD External HDD formatted HFS Extended, that get unmountable in Mac OS X Yosemite. When running Disk Utility and try to repair it shows an error for repairing the disk. I get stellar Mac Data Recovery and start running the Quick Recovery option. It has been running for 2 days and it shows Performing Quick Recovery..... and under the blue bar a message Getting catalog file node size .... and the blue bar seems not moving from there. Is it correct to do this way and it means it is running? I was reading the FAQ section an it mentions to use the Create Image Option, Which option is better to use?. Thank you very much for your answer. Best regards.

Amit Pandey
October 7, 2015 06:17 am

Hi Ovidio,

In general, Quick Recovery doesn't take this much time but it seems that drive have some logical errors that are preventing a smooth scan. We recommend you scan your hard drive with Raw Recovery since it is recommended for troubled hard drives. Alternatively, create a disk image of your Mac hard drive using Create Image option and scan/recover files from it.

Hope this helps. Do let us know for further query.

Mark Weeks
September 18, 2017 10:42 am

I'm stuck with what to do. I have a hard disk that was previously inside an iMac and is part of a Fusion drive. Therefore it can't mount now when connected in an enclosure using USB and I can't see the volumes.

The disk appears corrupted (hence why I had it removed) but I need to extract the data (lots of photos as I am a photographer). I left it running for 24 hours and then it seemed to be requiring almost a 1000 hours to complete (initially said 30) so I terminated it.

The help says to create a disk image but that option is not listed as I can only select the drive, not the volume. I've left it searching for volumes but this has taken 24 hours so far and still only on the second line...

Please could you suggest the process. I have the Mac Data Recovery software.


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