How to convert external hard drive to APFS & recover data from APFS external hard drive?

Posted by Juno to Mac Data Recovery on January 16th, 2018

Been designed to replace the existing HFS+ file system, APFS has overcome many deficiencies of HFS+ and has increased a lot on data security and file management. Just because APFS has many attractive features, we may want to convert our external hard drive to APFS. This passage will introduce how to convert/format external hard drive to APFS, and how to recover data from APFS external hard drive if losing files on it.

An easy method to convert/format external hard drive to APFS

Here are detailed tutorial to convert/format external hard drive to APFS:

Step 1: Open Disk Utility. And then click the "View" menu at the upper left corner and choose "Show All Devices".

Step 2: find the external hard drive that we want to convert to APFS and select it. Click "Erase" at the top of the window.

Step 3: Set Scheme as "GUID Partition Map", then complete name and choose format (APFS).

Step 4: Click "Erase" and wait until conversion finishes.

It should be noted that using APFS external hard drive can't make us be exempted from data loss problems. We may also lose files on APFS external hard drive after accidental deletion or format, drive becoming unmountable, unreadable or corrupted. When getting into those problems, it's very helpful to know how to perform APFS external hard drive data recovery.

How to recover data from APFS external hard drive?

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is a free and professional Mac data recovery software that can recover deleted/lost files from APFS external hard drive, recover data from formatted APFS external hard drive, recover data from unmountable APFS external hard drive, recover data from unreadable APFS external hard drive, recover data from corrupted APFS external hard drive, recover data from encrypted APFS external hard drive, etc.

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

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

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

Recover data from APFS external hard drive

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

Step 3: Click "Next" to search for all lost files on the drive.

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

Step 5: Check to ensure we have got all lost files back.

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