How to Recover Data after APFS Volume Decryption Failed?

By Molly | Posted to Mac Data Recovery Tips on July 16th, 2018 |

APFS natively supports full disk and file encryption with 3 options: no encryption, single-key encryption and multi-key encryption. At the same time however, some people are facing with APFS volume decryption troubles, such as APFS volume decryption failed, APFS volume decryption interrupted, stuck, froze, paused, etc. Read on to uncover the reasons of APFS volume decryption failure and the tutorial to recover lost data after APFS volume decryption failed.

Why APFS volume decryption failed?

Two of the most common reasons that lead to APFS volume decryption failure could be:

1. Catalog files corruption. If any catalog file of the APFS volume becomes corrupt, Mac will not be able to get the volume information, including volume size location, description of volume content, etc., thereby failing to decrypt APFS volume.

2. File system damage. If the file system of APFS volume is compromised, the master file table will be impacted too.

What to do if I failed to decrypt APFS volume?

If you failed to decrypt APFS volume, you'll have no access to the data stored on the drive. So first things first, you'd better try to recover lost data after APFS volume decryption failed.

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is capable of various APFS data recovery solutions, such as encrypted APFS external hard drive data recovery, formatted APFS encrypted drive data recovery, corrupted APFS volume data recovery, unmountable APFS drive data recovery, etc. It smoothly and flawlessly recovers data after APFS volume decryption failed on macOS Catalina/Mojave/High Sierra.

How to recover lost data after APFS volume decryption failed with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac?

Step 1: Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac on Mac and click "Find Lost APFS Partition" on the top right corner. Then you will see all connected hard drives.

Recover lost data after APFS volume decryption failed

Step 2: Select the drive which contains your failed APFS encrypted volume and click "Next". The program will list all APFS volumes on the selected drive.

Recover lost data after APFS volume decryption failed

Step 3: Choose the failed APFS volume and then click "Next"

Recover lost data after APFS volume decryption failed

Step 4: Enter the password and click "OK" to scan for all lost files on the volume.

Recover lost data after APFS volume decryption failed

Step 5: Preview the list results, choose what you want to get back, then click "Recover".

Recover lost data after APFS volume decryption failed

Step 6: Go through to make sure you have all the lost files back.