Encrypted APFS drive can't be unlocked with password, how to fix?

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

I have an encrypted APFS external hard drive, which can't be unlocked with password. When I inputted the right password, it couldn't be unlocked and kept asking for password all the time. How to fix this problem? A lot of thanks!

When you update to macOS High Sierra or Mojave, your internal hard drive will not only automatically convert HFS to APFS, but also will be encrypted. Also, if you worry about the security of files on external drives, you can format external drives to APFS (encrypted). But sometimes the result is opposite to what you wished, especially when the encrypted APFS drive can't be unlocked with password.

Why the encrypted APFS drive can't be unlocked with password?

Firstly, if the password you inputted is wrong, the encrypted APFS drive can't be unlocked.

Secondly, if some errors happen during decrypting process, APFS encrypted volume won't accept password.

These errors during decrypting process can be caused by virus attack, power failure, file system corruption, encrypting interruption and so on. No matter what causes the encrypted APFS drive unable to be unlocked with password, all data stored on the encrypted APFS drive is inaccessible.

How to fix 'encrypt APFS drive can't be unlocked with password'?

Most of the time, the files in encrypted APFS drive is important for us. So the first thing is to recover data from encrypted APFS drive. Here recommend you a reliable APFS data recovery software - iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

Recover data from encrypted APFS drive

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is the best APFS data Recovery software that can easily recover data after APFS encryption interrupted, stuck or froze, recover lost data from encrypted APFS volume on Mac. It can also recover deleted/lost files from APFS drives, recover data from formatted APFS hard drives, recover data from unreadable APFS hard drives, recover data from unmountable APFS drives, recover data from corrupted APFS drives, recover deleted/lost APFS partitions, etc.

Aside from APFS data recovery, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery also fully supports file systems like FAT32, exFAT, HFS+, and storage devices like hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, pen drive, etc.

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

Step 1: Free download, install and launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

Step 2: Select the encrypted APFS volume/drive which you want to recover data from, then click "Next" to enter password.

Recover data from encrypted APFS drive with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

Step 3: Scan the lost files from the encrypted APFS volume/drive.

Step 4: Preview the scanning results, choose files we need, and then click "Recover" to get them back.

Katrina

Katrina is a data recovery expert @iBoysoft who loves to help readers solve various data recovery problems.

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