How to Erase APFS Volume or Hard Drive and Recover Lost Data if Necessary?

Posted by Molly to Mac Data Recovery on Jun 7th, 2018

APFS is the newest file system with a handful of advanced features. However, some users want to erase their APFS formatted volumes or hard drives due to various reasons, such as its incompatibility with Time Machine, planning to free up more space or to reformat it to other file systems. In fact, erasing an APFS volume or hard drive is so easy that every one can do it in Disk Utility. But the headacke is how to do this without data loss.

Read on as we'll show you how to erase/reformat APFS volumes or hard drives without losing data on macOS Catalina/Mojave/High Sierra .

How to Erase APFS Volume or Hard Drive in Disk Utility?

Warning: Before starting to erase APFS volume or hard drive, please bear in mind that this operation will wipe all data stored on it. Make sure you have a backup.

Step 1: Go to Disk Utility and find the APFS volume or hard drive you want to erase.

Step 2: Unmount the APFS volume or hard drive by clicking the unmount icon.

Step 3: Click "Erase" on the top of the window.

Step 4: Finish the required information, including name and format.

Step 5: Click "Erase" button to erase the APFS volume or hard drive.

Then the APFS volume or hard drive will be erased. You'll have a reformatted volume or hard drive available.

How to Recover Lost Data after Erasing an APFS Volume or Hard Drive?

If unfortunately you didn't backup the files before erasing this APFS volume or hard drive, you can recover lost data from the erased APFS volume or hard drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is professional APFS data recovery software which is able to recover lost data after APFS container is gone, recover lost data from deleted/lost APFS partition, recover lost data from formatted APFS partition and more.

Steps to Recover Lost Data after Erasing the APFS Volume or Hard Drive

Step 1: Download, install and launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.

Step 2: Select the erased/reformatted volume or hard drive.

Recover Data after Erasing APFS Volume or Hard Drive

Step 3: Click "Next". The program will start scanning the reformatted volume or hard drive for lost files.

Step 4: After the scanning process finishes, you can click the found files to preview.

Step 5: Choose the files you want to get back and click "Recover".

Besides recovering data from erased APFS volumes or hard drives, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is also able to recover lost or deleted data from HFS+, HFS, exFAT formatted volumes or hard drives on Mac.

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