I am currently in bad situation. The OS has been corrupted while upgrading to High Sierra.
Pressing option key on boot-up doesn't list any drive.
When I select restore from backup option in macOS Recovery mode, it lists both drives and asks to unlock before proceeding. When I unlock the drive goes away (means hide from the list).
Is it possible to boot from APFS encrypted drive?
Is there anyway to recover lost data from unbootable APFS encrypted drive?
APFS offers encryption at the file system level, not the disk level as was previously in HFS+. It allows to encrypted different data with multiple keys, which ensures the integrity of users' data. However, every now and then, users will find the APFS encrypted volume not bootable, APFS encrypted not mounted or APFS encrypted volume doesn't work on macOS. In this post, we will discuss why APFS encrypted volume not mounted and how to fix it.
Why APFS encrypted volume not bootable?
The APFS encrypted volume not bootable issue mainly results from the imperfection of metadata, such as invalid volume header, corrupted catalog file and invalid APFS fsroot tree. These reasons can be due to unsafe ejection, sudden power outage, virus attack, and any other improper operations.
Before we begin: Back up data
The first and foremost thing is to back up important data. Because when attempting to fix APFS encrypted volume, it's possible to write new data on the volume, making the original data unrecoverable. If you have clicked Time Machine option, you can go to macOS Recovery mode and restore backup files from Time Machine. If not, you still have a chance to recover lost data from unbootable APFS partition with the help of professional APFS data recovery software.
iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is the best APFS encrypted data recovery software that enables you to recover lost data from unbootable APFS encrypted volume/partition, recover lost data from APFS encrypted volume, recover lost data from failed internal Mac hard drive, recover lost data from corrupted APFS boot drive, recover lost data from unmountable APFS boot volume on macOS Catalina 10.15/Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13.
Besides, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac also supports data recovery from formatted, unmountable, corrupted, unreadable, inaccessible hard drive, SSD, fusion drive, USB, external hard drive, SD card, memory card, pen drive, CF card, etc. It is able to recover 500+ file formats such as documents, pictures, music, videos, emails, etc. from APFS, HFS+, HFSX, exFAT, FAT32 drives.
Solution 1: If you have only one Mac computer
If you have only one Mac computer, please directly run iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac in macOS Recovery mode and recover lost data from the encrypted APFS volume. This method is highly recommended as it is easier and time-saving.
Step 1: Click the Power button to turn on the Mac, and immediately press COMMAND+OPTION+R keys until you see the spinning globe. This will boot your Mac into macOS Recovery mode.
Step 2: Go to Utilities > Terminal from the menu bar to open Terminal.
Note: If your Mac hasn't connect to internet, you need to choose a WiFi network in the upper-right corner of the screen.
Step 3: Choose a network for your Mac. You need to make your Mac connected to the Internet all the time.
Step 4: Type in the following command and this will launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac through iBoysoft Server.
sh <(curl http://boot.iboysoft.com/boot.sh)
Step 5: Once you launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac, you need to click "Find Lost APFS partitions" on the top right corner. After that, you will see all hard drives connected to your Mac.
Step 6: Select the drive that contains the unbootable APFS encrypted volume and then click "Next". The program will start scaning all APFS volums on the selected drive.
Step 7: When the unbootable APFS encrypted volume is listed, choose it and click "Next".
Step 8: Enter the password and click the "OK" button. This program will start scanning for lost files on the volume.
Step 9: Preview the scanning results, and choose the files you want to get back.
Step 10: Click the "Recover" button. You need to specify a different location to store the recovered files.
Solution 2: If you have two Mac computers
Step 1: Download iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac on another Mac computer.
Step 2: Install and launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.
Step 3: Click iBoysoft Data Recovery on menu bar and then select "Create Boot Drive".
Step 4: Insert a USB drive into your Mac computer and select it to create a boot drive.
Step 5: Click "Make bootable" and the creation process will start immediately.
Note: This process will erase all data on the USB drive. So please be sure to make a backup if there're important files.
Step 6: After that, please insert iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac bootable USB drive into unbootable Mac computer, and then press the Power button and Option key (⌥) to start the computer up.
Step 7: Select iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac from the boot options.
Note: If you're running macOS Mojave or earlier, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac will launch immediately when your Mac boots up. But, if your Mac is running macOS Catalina, you need two additional steps to launch this program.
Step 8: Wait for your Mac to boot up, open "Terminal" application from "Utilities" drop-down menu.
Step 9: Run the following command:
Step 10: Click"Find Lost APFS Partition" on the top right corner. You will see all built-in and connected hard drives.
Step 11: Choose the drive which contains the non-booting APFS encrypted volume and click "Next". Then the software will find all APFS voulmes from the selected drive.
Step 12: Select the non-booting APFS encrypted volume and click "Next".
Step 13: Enter the password and then click "OK". This program will start search for all lost data on the APFS encrypted volume.
Step 14: Choose the files you want to get back, and then click the "Recover" button.
How to fix APFS encrypted volume not bootable?
After recovering data from the unbootable APFS encrypted volume, you can now fix APFS encrypted volume not bootable issue without worrying about data loss.
Solution 1: Use Disk Utility in macOS Recovery mode
Step 1: Boot your Mac into macOS Recovery mode.
Step 2: From the macOS Utilities menu, select Disk Utility.
Step 3: Select the APFS encrypted volume and click First Aid on the top menu bar.
Step 4: Click Done and restart your Mac.
Solution 2: Erase and reinstall macOS
If First Aid fails on APFS encrypted volume, then the last chance is to erase the volume and reinstall macOS. This operation will erase all saved data on the APFS encrypted volume, so again please make sure you have backed up important data.
Step 1: Launch Disk Utility in macOS Recovery mode.
Step 2: Select the APFS encrypted volume.
Step 3: Choose Erase, complete name, format, scheme, and then click Erase to reformat it.
Step 4: Return to macOS Utilities in macOS Recovery mode, and select Reinstall macOS.
Step 5: Choose the erased Mac hard disk and follow onscreen prompts to complete the installation. You can reinstall macOS.
Step 6: Reboot your Mac to check if it can boot into macOS.