How to convert HFS+ to APFS without losing data?

By Juno | Posted to Mac Data Recovery on August 17th, 2017 |

This article tells you how to convert HFS+ to APFS on macOS Mojave/High Sierra. If you fail to convert HFS+ to APFS and face data loss problem, the following software can help you recover lost data after failing to convert HFS+ to APFS.

APFS has improved a lot in space management and file security, thus becomes the best choice for Mac users. However, many users have no idea how to convert HFS+ to APFS if their drives haven't been converted automatically while updating to macOS Mojave 10.14 or High Sierra 10.13. So in this article, we'll show you the tutorial to convert HFS+ to APFS manually without losing data.

How to convert HFS+ to APFS without losing data?

To convert a hard drive or external hard drive to APFS, we even needn't download any software, use command line in terminal or back up files in advance. Just finish the 3 steps below:

1. Open Disk Utility and find the drive that we want to convert to APFS.

2. Right-click the drive and choose "Convert to APFS".

3. Wait until the conversion process finishes.

It's so easy that we all can do it without any previous skills. At most of the time, this method works and we can use APFS henceforward. But it should be noted that the real conversion operation varies from situation to situation and this method may fail to work sometimes.

Generally speaking, HFS to APFS conversion failure is caused by unexpected power off during the conversion process, bug of the Disk Utility, file system error and bad sectors on the drive. Although that happens only in rare cases, it's still helpful to know how to avoid data loss if we fail to convert HFS+ to APFS with Disk Utility.

How to recover lost data after failing to convert HFS+ to APFS

If unfortunately we fail to convert HFS+ to APFS with Disk Utility and lose our data on the drive, we still have the chance to recover lost data with free HFS+ data recovery software.

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can not only recover data from HFS+ drives but also recover data from APFS,HFS, exFAT, FAT32 drives, recover deleted files emptied from Mac Trash, recover data from formatted, unmountable, unreadable, inaccessible Macintosh HD, external hard drive, USB flash drive, memory card, recover deleted/lost APFS partition, recover lost data from encrypted APFS volume, etc.

No matter the lost files are images, documents, videos or emails and no matter files are lost from HFS, HFS+, HFSX, FAT32 or exFAT drives, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can easily get them back.

Tutorial to recover lost data from HFS+ drive with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on Mac

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

Recover lost files from HFS+ drive with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

Step 3: Choose the HFS drive where we have lost files, click "Next" to search for lost files.

Step 4: Preview the listed searching files, choose files we need, and click "Recover" to recover data from HFS drive on Mac.

Juno

Juno is a technical expert @iBoysoft. She has over 5-year experience in data recovery/repair technology. She loves to write data recovery tips and tutorials.

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