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

Cannot find the files you need in macOS 10.13 High Sierra? Please don't worry, the data is still somewhere on your Mac. This article will guide you how to recover deleted/lost files from APFS formatted hard drive and external hard drive in macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

APFS - Apple file system

Apple's macOS 10.13 High Sierra brings a new file system named "Apple File System", which largely replaces the older HFS+ file system. Apple File System, also known as APFS, has been used by default on iPhones and iPads since iOS 10.3, and is also used on the Apple Watch and Apple TV. It aims to fix core problems of HFS+ (also called Mac OS Extended), APFS's predecessor on these operating systems. Apple File System is optimized for flash and solid-state drive storage, with a primary focus on encryption.

APFS data recovery

APFS data recovery is same as HFS+ data recovery, it is used to recover deleted files, recover deleted files emptied from macOS Trash, recover data from formatted APFS drive, recover data from unreadable APFS drive, recover data from unmountable APFS drive, recover data from deleted/lost APFS volume, recover data from encrypted APFS drive, etc.

APFS data recovery requires us to find a APFS data recovery software, there are a few software which can support APFS data recovery in market due to technical difficulty, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is such a APFS data recovery software which can recover deleted/lost files from APFS hard drive and external hard drive in macOS 10.13 High Sierra/10.12 Sierra and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

How to recover deleted/lost files from startup drive in macOS High Sierra?

On macOS High Sierra, there is a security mechanism named "System Integrity Protection" (SIP), which prevents any application from reading startup drive. And when we want to use iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery to scan startup drive, we need to temporarily disable SIP, otherwise iBoysoft 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.

2. Launch Terminal from Utilities.

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

4. Restart Mac computer.

Step 2: Recover deleted/lost files from startup drive in macOS High Sierra

1. Download and install this APFS Data Recovery software on your Mac computer.

2. Run this APFS Data Recovery software.

APFS data recovery software

3. Select the APFS drive where lost files.

4. This APFS Data Recovery software is scanning the deleted/lost files from APFS drive.

5. Select the fould data and then click Recover to save them.

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