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

Lost/deleted files from APFS drive in macOS 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 formatted hard drive and external drive in macOS High Sierra.

Apple 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 unmountable drive, recover data from crashed APFS drive, recover data from encrypted APFS drive in macOS 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 startup disk 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 M3 Mac Data Recovery to scan startup disk, 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 startup drive in macOS 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 startup drive, 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 High Sierra startup disk 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.

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