How to repair encrypted APFS volume?

By Katrina | Posted to Mac Data Recovery Tips on July 23rd, 2018 |

APFS is a new file system used in macOS High Sierra, Mojave, and Catalina. The biggest advantage of APFS is that it is designed with encryption in mind. Unlike the latest Apple file system, APFS uses the data protection feature which encrypts every file individually on Mac. But some errors happen when you try to unlock an encrypted volume. Normally, the corruption of encrypted APFS volume is caused by virus attack, sudden power failure, file system corruption, bad sector, etc.

Unable to unlock encrypted APFS volume? Want to know how to repair encrypted APFS volume? This passage will show you feasible solutions.

How to repair encrypted APFS volume?

Encrypted APFS disk repair is not a difficult issue. Most of the time, people always have important files on encrypted APFS volume, so here are two solutions to repair encrypted APFS volume without data loss.

Solution 1: Repair encrypted APFS volume with Disk Utility

Mac has a built-in repair tool in Disk Utility called First Aid. It can verify and correct minor error on disks. So when want to repair encrypted APFS volume, First Aid is your prior choice.

Step 1: Launch Disk Utility.

Step 2: Choose the encrypted APFS volume on the left side bar.

Step 3: Select First Aid in the top center and click Run.

Solution 2: Recover lost data from encrypted APFS volume and reformat the volume

Disk Utility can't repair the APFS volume? Your encrypted APFS volume might have some serious corruptions, so the last choice is to reformat the encrypted APFS volume. But to avoid data loss, you can firstly recover lost data from encrypted APFS volume with APFS data recovery software.

Step 1: Recover lost data from encrypted APFS volume

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is the best APFS data recovery software that offers the most comprehensive solutions for APFS data recovery. It works well in different scenarios. iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac can recover lost data from encrypted APFS external hard drive and startup drive, recover lost data from formatted, unmountable, unreadable, corrupted, inaccessible APFS drive, recover deleted/lost APFS partition.

Besides, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac also supports HFS, HFS+, exFAT, FAT32. It is able to recover documents, photos, audios, videos, emails and more on macOS Catalina Big Sur 11/10.15/Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/Sierra 10.12/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

1. Free download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.

2. Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac on Mac and and click "Find Lost APFS Partition" on the top right corner. Then you will see all connected hard drives.

Recover lost data from encrypted APFS volume

3. Select the drive which contains your APFS encrypted volume and click "Next" button. The software will list all APFS volumes on the selected drive.

Recover lost data from encrypted APFS volume

4. Choose the APFS encrypted volume that you want to recover lost data from and click "Next".

Recover lost data from encrypted APFS volume

5. Enter the correct password and click "OK" to start searching for lost files on the volume.

Recover lost data from encrypted APFS volume

6. Preview the listed searching results, choose files you need, then click "Recover" to get lost files back.

Recover lost data from encrypted APFS volume

7. Go through to make sure you have all the lost files back.

Step 2: Reformat the encrypted APFS volume

After files on the encrypted APFS volume are recovered, you can then following the following tutorial to erase the volume to make it work again.

How to reformat encrypted APFS volume on Mac?