Recover deleted/lost APFS partition with Disk Drill

Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery Tips on June 20th, 2018

After macOS High Sierra update, one of my APFS partitions was invisible in Disk Utility. It seemed that I lost the APFS partition. I googled how to recover deleted/lost APFS partition, and some people recommended to use Disk Drill. Can Disk Drill recover deleted/lost APFS partition?

As APFS has been released for a while, there are a few data recovery can support it. Disk Drill is one of the most famous ones, which claims they can recover deleted/lost APFS partition and recover lost data from encrypted APFS partition. But can Disk Drill recover deleted/lost APFS partition? In this post, we decided to run some tests to see if it is true.

Can Disk Drill recover deleted/lost APFS partition?

No, it can't. The answer is gotten from the results of several tests. The following are the real test we did before. Let's have a look.

Test run for Disk Drill

For our test, we added a new volume named "Workspace" on our Apple SSD SM0128G Media, which already had three volumes (Bootcamp, macOS and Daily) on it. We stored 7 files of the most used file types – documents, music, videos and archives. Then we deleted the APFS volume and installed Disk Drill Basic.

Delete an APFS volume on Mac

Launch Disk Drill, we can see our Apple SSD SM0128G and the other three volumes in the list, but can't find the deleted volume. If the deleted volume can't be listed, how can we recover it? So we come to the conclusion that we are unable to recover deleted/lost partition with Disk Drill.

Disk Drill recoves deleted partition

Is there any APFS partition data recovery software?

Of course. iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac can recover lost data from deleted/lost APFS partition. Unlike Disk Drill, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac has the specific function for finding lost APFS partition. This powerful data recovery software can also recover deleted/lost data from encrypted, unmountable, unreadable, formatted, inaccessible APFS drive. Apart from APFS data recovery, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac also support file systems like HFS+, HFS, FAT32 and exFAT.

Test run for iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

Download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.

After a quick and easy installation process, we opened iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac and saw the similar drive list on the main interface.

Recover deleted APFS partition with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

Simply choose the drive and click "Find Lost APFS Partitions" on the top right corner.

The program will start scanning all volumes on the selected drive. After several minutes, we can see all volumes on the drive were listed, including the deleted volume "Workspace".

Partition list of iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

Select the deleted volume and click "Next" to start scanning files on the volume.

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac delivers real-time results, so we don't need to wait until the scan is complete. Meanwhile, we can also pause and restart during the scanning process.

Scanning process of iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

After previewing the scanning results, choose the needed files and click "Recover".

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac shows scanning results with three tabs - Path, Type and Time and there are options for splitting type of files. These useful options help us quickly target the right content from a mass of found files.

Final thoughts

No matter what data loss situation you are facing, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is your best assistant. It is easy-to-use and has straightforward interface so that newbie can use it without any difficulty. More importantly, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac deserves the best APFS data recovery software which offers comprehensive solutions for APFS data recovery. Just dwonload iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac, it will never let you down.

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