How to convert/format external drive to APFS & recover lost data from APFS external drive?

By Juno | Posted to Mac Data Recovery Tips on January 19th, 2018 |

On macOS Catalina 10.15/Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13, the default file system is Apple File System, which will be automatically converted to on SSD Mac internal drives. Besides that, we may also want to convert/format external drives to APFS manually, such as external hard drives, USB flash drives, SD cards, memory cards, Pen drives and more.

This article will show you how to convert/format an external drive to APFS, as well as how to recover lost data from APFS external drives if unfortunately data loss happened.

Easy method to convert/format external drive to APFS

Follow the steps below to convert/format external drive to APFS:

Step 1: Open Disk Utility.

Step 2: Click on the "View" menu at the upper left corner and choose "Show All Devices".

Step 3: Select the external drive that we want to convert to APFS, and then click "Erase" at the top of the window.

Step 4: Set the scheme as "GUID Partition Map", then complete name and choose format (APFS).

Step 5: Click "Erase" and wait until conversion finishes.

It should be noted that though APFS has improved a lot on data security, it can't be completely exempted from data loss problem. We may also lose files on APFS drive after accidental deletion or format, drive becoming unmountable, unreadable, corrupted. So we'd better learn how to recover lost data from APFS external drive.

How to recover lost data from APFS external drive?

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is all we need to get lost files from APFS external drive. It is a APFS data recovery software that can recover deleted/lost files from APFS external drive, recover lost data from formatted APFS external drive, recover lost data from unreadable APFS external drive, recover lost data from unmountable APFS external drive, recover lost data from corrupted APFS external drive, recover lost data from encrypted APFS external drive, etc.

Besides, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac can also recover lost data from APFS hard drive, recover lost data from FAT32 drives, exFAT drives, HFS+ drives, no matter the drives are formatted, unmountable, corrupted or unreadable.

Tutorial to recover lost data from APFS external drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

Step 1: Connect the APFS external drive to Mac with and then launch iBoysoft Data Recovery.

Recover lost data from APFS external drive

Step 2: Select the APFS external drive where we have lost files.

Step 3: Click "Next" to start scanning for lost files.

Step 4: Preview the listed scanning results, choose those we want, and click "Recover" to get them back.

Step 5: Have a check to ensure we have got all lost files back.