How to fix/repair invalid APFS snapshot error?

Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery on January 22nd, 2018

Since I converted my internal hard drive to APFS file system, it worked perfectly. But when I tried to store some files in the drive today, I failed to mount it. Then I checked the drive in Disk Utility, I got an error message saying: "APFS snapshot is invalid". I have no idea what happened. Anyone can help me to fix/repair invalid APFS snapshot error?

Snapshot is a set of history files captured at a particular time, capable of being reloaded to restore the earlier state. APFS snapshot is like several panoramas of APFS drive at different times. Thus, whenever our APFS file system goes wrong, we can go back to the previous status of disk.

If APFS snapshot is invalid on macOS, the status of partial data stored on the APFS drive can be affected and the APFS drive might not be mounted as usual. Under this circumstance, we are not allowed to access the APFS drive and files saved on the drive are lost.

Fix/repair "APFS snapshot is invalid" error on High Sierra

Since Invalid APFS snapshot error on High Sierra is so complicated, the only way is to reformat the APFS drive. But we will face useful data loss if we directly reformat the APFS drive. Therefore, for the security of our important files, we'd better recover lost data from APFS volume which has invalid APFS snapshot error.

Step 1: Recover data from APFS volume which has invalid APFS snapshot error with APFS data recovery software

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is the best APFS drive data recovery software that can recover data after invalid APFS snapshot error, recover lost data from encrypted APFS volume, recover data from formatted APFS drive, recover data from unmountable APFS drive, recover data from unreadable APFS drive, recover data from corrupted APFS drive, recover data from inaccessible APFS drive, recover deleted/lost APFS partition, etc.

Aside from APFS data recovery, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can also recover data from FAT32 drives, exFAT drives, HFS+ drives, recover data from formatted, unmountable, inaccessible, corrupted hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, pen drive, etc. on macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12 Sierra and 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Tutorial to recover data from APFS drive which has invalid APFS snapshot error

1. Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

2. Select the APFS drive which has "APFS snapshot is invalid" error and click "Next" button.

Recover data from APFS drive whose snapshot is invalid

3. Enter password to start searching for lost files on the drive.

4. Preview the searching results, choose files we need, and click "Recover" to get them back.

Step 2: Fix "APFS snapshot is invalid" error by reformatting

1. Launch Disk Utility.

2. Select the APFS drive which has "APFS snapshot is invalid" error on the left part of the window.

3. Click Erase on the top of the window.

4. Complete related information (name, format, scheme), then click Erase.

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