How to recover deleted, lost, missing APFS partition and repair corrupted APFS volume/disk?

Updated by Admin to Mac Data Recovery on April 11th, 2019

APFS partition was lost, invisible in disk utility after macOS High Sierra update, it has my family photos, how to recover my family photos from lost APFS partition? Please help.

Apple File System (APFS) is a file system for macOS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS, developed and deployed by Apple Inc. 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.

After upgrading macOS to macOS High Sierra 10.13, the file system of the Macintosh HD has been automatically converted to APFS, so data loss always occurs when upgrading to macOS High Sierra, for example, APFS drive is not mounted in disk utility, APFS drive crashed after macOS High Sierra 10.13 update failed, AppleAPFSMedia is uninitialized, APFS external hard drive is not readable, fsroot tree is invalid, apfs partition deleted or lost. Following will teach us how to recover data from deleted, lost, missing, disappeared APFS partition and repair corrupted APFS volume/disk.

How to recover data from deleted, lost, missing, disappeared APFS partition?

Data recovery from APFS partition requires us to find a professional Mac data recovery software. What's more, this Mac data recovery software must support APFS data recovery and encrypted APFS data recovery.

Although Apple has released APFS file sysem several month, but up to now, there are a few software which can support APFS Data Recovery in market due to technical difficulty, M3 Mac Data Recovery is such a APFS data recovery software which can recover deleted/lost files from APFS drive, recover data from formatted, corrupted, unreadable, unmountable, uninitialized APFS drive, recover data from deleted, lost, misssing, disappeared APFS partition, etc. on macOS 10.14 Mojave/10.13 High Sierra/10.12 Sierra/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Tutorial to recover data from deleted, lost, missing, disappeared 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 Partitions" 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.

If the deleted/lost APFS partition is encrypted, the password is required at this step.

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

How to repair corrupted APFS volume/disk?

After APFS drive is not mounted, readable or corrupted, we have to find a solution to repair unmounted, unreadable, corrupted APFS volume/disk.

Solution 1: Repair corrupted APFS volume/disk with Disk Utility

First Aid is a utility built-in the Macintosh operating system for checking and repairing file system errors on the specific drive.

Step 1: Open Applications folder.

Step 2: Open Utilities.

Step 3: Double Disk Utility.

Step 4: Select the corrupted APFS volume/disk from the left panel of Disk Utility.

Step 5: Run Fist Aid to repair the errors on corrupted APFS volume/disk.

disk utility first aid

In some situations, disk utility cannot repair corrupted disk, so another solution is required - data recovery from corrupted APFS volume/disk and then erase the disk.

Solution 2: Data recovery from corrupted APFS volume and then erase APFS disk

Step 1: Download, install and run M3 Mac Data Recovery software.

Step 2: Select the corrupted APFS volume/disk and click Next to continue.

Step 3: M3 Mac Data Recovery software is scanning the data from corrupted APFS disk.

Step 4: After the lost data is found, we can preview them or click Recover to recover them.

Step 5: After ensuring all recovered files are ok, open disk utility and then erase the APFS disk for usage again.