How to recover deleted/lost files from APFS drive on macOS Mojave/High Sierra?

Updated by Admin to Mac Data Recovery on May 8th, 2019

Lost/deleted files from APFS drive on macOS Mojave/High Sierra? Please don't worry, the data is still somewhere on your Mac. This article will introduce Apple APFS data recovery: how to recover deleted/lost files from APFS Macintosh HD and external drive on macOS Mojave/High Sierra.

APFS data recovery

Apple APFS data recovery requires us to find a Apple APFS data recovery software, M3 Mac Data Recovery is such a Apple APFS data recovery software which can recover deleted/lost files from APFS hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, recover data from formatted APFS drive, recover data from corrupted APFS drive, recover deleted/lost APFS partition, recover data from unreadable APFS drive, recover data from unmounted APFS drive, recover data from crashed APFS drive, recover data from encrypted APFS drive on macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12 Sierra and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

How to recover deleted/lost files from Macintosh HD on macOS Mojave/High Sierra

On macOS High Sierra and later version, there is a security mechanism named "System Integrity Protection" (SIP), which prevents any application from reading Macintosh HD. And when we want to use M3 Mac Data Recovery to scan Macintosh HD, we need to temporarily disable SIP, otherwise M3 Mac Data Recovery will be prevented from scanning.

Step 1: Disable System Integrity Protection (SIP)

1. Boot to Recovery OS by restarting Mac and pressing & holding down Command + R keys at startup.

Disble SIP step 1

2. Launch Terminal from Utilities.

3. Enter the command: csrutil disable and press Return.

Disble SIP step 2

4. Restart Mac computer.

Step 2: Recover deleted/lost files from Macintosh HD on macOS Mojave/High Sierra

In order to maximize the chance of getting lost data back, you need to stop using that drive immediately. Every time disk writes happen, they could be overwriting your lost data in Macintosh HD, making it impossible to recover.

1. To avoid lost data being overwritten, please download M3 Mac Data Recovery to an external drive.

2. Doule click the installation package of M3 Mac Data Recovery, click M3 Mac Data Recovery icon to directly run it, instead of dragging it to Applications folder.

Install M3 Mac Data Recovery

3. Select the APFS drive where lost files and click Next to continue.

Apple APFS data recovery software

If macOS Macintosh HD is encrypted APFS, the unlock password of encrypted APFS drive is required as below:

Enter the password to scan lost files from APFS drive with M3 Mac Data Recovery

4. This APFS data recovery software is scanning the deleted/lost files from APFS drive.

Scan lost files from APFS drive with M3 Mac Data Recovery

5. Preview, select the found data and then click Recover to save them.

Recover lost files from APFS drive with M3 Mac Data Recovery

After recovering deleted/lost files from APFS drive, we can enable System Integrity Protection (SIP) with following steps:

Step 3: Enable System Integrity Protection (SIP)

1. Boot to Recovery OS by restarting Mac and pressing & holding down Command + R keys at startup.

2. Launch Terminal from Utilities.

3. Enter the command: csrutil enable and press Return.

4. Restart Mac computer.

How to recover data from unreadable/unmounted APFS drive?

Step 1: Download and install this APFS data recovery software on your Mac computer.

Step 2: Run this APFS data recovery software - M3 Mac Data Recovery.

APFS data recovery software

Step 3: Select the unreadable/unmounted APFS drive.

If APFS partition is not found, please click "Find Lost APFS Partition" to find previously existing APFS partition and then recover data from APFS partition.

Step 4: Click Next to start scan. If the APFS drive is encrypted, the password is required at this step.

Step 5: After the lost data found, we can preview them or click Recover to recover them.

Step 6: After data recovery from unreadable/unmounted APFS drive is successfully done, we can reformat the unreadable/unmounted APFS drive by erasing.

How to recover data from formatted APFS drive?

Step 1: Download and install this APFS data recovery software on your Mac computer.

Step 2: Run this APFS data recovery software - M3 Mac Data Recovery.

Step 3: Select formatted APFS drive and check deep scan option.

Step 4: Click Next to start scan. If the APFS drive is encrypted, the password is required at this step.

Step 5: After the lost data found, we can preview them or click Recover to recover them.

Tutorial to recover data from deleted/lost APFS partition

Step 1: Download and install this APFS partition recovery software: M3 Mac Data Recovery on your Mac computer.

Step 2: Run this APFS partition recovery software: M3 Mac Data Recovery.

APFS data recovery software

Step 3: Please click "Find Lost APFS Partition" at the right upper corner.

Step 4: Select the hard drive where deleted/lost APFS partition and click Next to start the scan.

Step 5: After the deleted, lost, missing, disappeared APFS partition is found, please select it and then click Next to scan lost data.

Step 6: After the lost data is found, we can preview them or click Recover to recover them.