How to fix "Finder cannot find APFS partition"?

Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery on January 9th, 2018

I have a 2 TB Toshiba external hard drive, one of its partitions was formatted to the newly released APFS. But this morning, when I inserted the external hard drive on Mac, I didn't find the APFS partition in the Finder. Then I went to Disk Utility, it was displayed as not mounted. I have to access the important files stored in the APFS partition. Can anyone tell me how fix Finder cannot find APFS partition? Any help would be appreciated!

Normally, a mounted APFS partition will be seen on the desktop or in the Finder in the left-hand column under Devices. However, it fails to mount at times when we desperately need to access some data stored on it. Such a situation annoys a great amount of macOS users.

Two cases of "Finder cannot find APFS partition"

1. The APFS partition cannot be mounted. When our APFS partition is unmountable, we cannot find it in Finder but we can see it unmountable in Disk Utility.

2. The APFS partition is lost. Once our APFS partition is lost, Apple operating system cannot recognize the APFS partition anymore that we cannot see it in Finder or Disk Utility.

How to fix "Finder cannot find APFS partition"?

Based on these two cases, we offer you two solutions to fix "APFS partition not showing up in Finder" without data loss.

Solution 1: Mount APFS partition with Disk Utility

Open Applications > Disk Utility and look in the list on the left to see if the APFS partition appears there.

1. The APFS partition shows up in Disk Utility

a. Right-click on the APFS partition and select Mount.

b. If the Mount option is greyed out, the APFS partition is unable to access. The only choice is First Aid. Select the APFS partition and click the "First Aid" tab and select Run. First Aid will check the disk errors and then repair the disk if necessary.

2. The APFS partition does not show up in Disk Utility

If your APFS partition doesn't appear in Disk Utility, it refers to partition loss. The APFS partition loss is such a serious problem that First Aid cannot fix. The only way is to find professional lost partition data recovery software to find lost data back.

Solution 2: Recover data from unmountable/lost APFS partition, then fix it by formatting

If First Aid fails to repair our APFS partition or the APFS partition does not show up in Disk Utility, to avoid data loss, we should recover data from unmountable/lost APFS partition at first, especially when files inside are very significant for us. Here we recommend you a free unmountable/lost APFS partition data recovery software: iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is a free and professional Mac data recovery software that can recover data from unmountable APFS partition and recover deleted/lost APFS partition, no matter which is caused by file system corruption or partition table damage on macOS 10.14‎/10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Tutorial to recover lost data from unmountable APFS partition with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

After downloading and installing iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on our Mac, only 4 steps needed to get lost files back.

Step 1: Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

Recover data from unmountable APFS partition with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

Step 2: Choose the unmountable APFS partition, then click "Next" to scan for all lost files on the drive.

Step 3: Preview the scanning results, choose files we want to recover, and then click "Recover" to finish APFS external hdd data recovery on Mac.

Besides unmountable/lost partition data recovery, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can also recover data from formatted APFS drive, recover data from inaccessible APFS drive, recover deleted/lost data from APFS partition, recover data from unreadable APFS hard drive, etc.

In addition to APFS data recovery, iBoysoft Mac Data can also recover data from HFS drive, HFS+ drive, FAT32 drive, exFAT drive, etc. It fully support storage devices like hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card and more.

After successfully restored all lost data, we can fix APFS partition not showing up in Finder by reformatting it without worrying about any data loss.

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