How to fix R-Studio unable to decrypt data from encrypted APFS drive?

By Katrina | Posted to Mac Data Recovery Tips on July 19th, 2018 |

I used R-Studio to recover lost files from one of encrypted APFS partitions. It showed the encrypted APFS partition in the drive list, but when I tried to scan the encrypted APFS partition, R-Studio was unable to decrypt data from encrypted APFS drive and reminded me with the error message: "the drive is encrypted with an unknown method and can't be unlocked." Is there any data recovery software can recover lost data from encrypted APFS drive?

Since macOS High Sierra brought a new file system APFS, there is a great need of APFS data recovery software in later macOS Mojave and macOS Catalina. R-Studio is one of famous APFS data recovery software, which is designed to help users recover lost data from APFS drive due to viruses, malicious attacks, and hardware failures or operating system crashes. But this software is not that perfect, some people are complaining that R-Studio is unable to decrypt data from encrypted APFS drive. This passage will show you how to fix this problem and find your lost data back.

Can R-Studio recover lost data from encrypted APFS drive?

Yes, R-Studio can support encrypted APFS data recovery, but it performs unstably. According to the comments from different users, R-Studio always can't recognize the APFS encrypting method and has troubles decrypting data from encrypted APFS drive.

How to fix R-Studio unable to decrypt data from encrypted APFS drive?

You can download and install other recovery programs. Here recommend you iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac, which can recover lost data from encrypted APFS startup drive/external drive on macOS Big Sur 11/Catalina 10.15/Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12 Sierra and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7. Compare to R-Studio APFS data recovery, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac not only supports encrypted APFS data recovery perfectly. Moreover, unlike the confusing interface of R-Studio for inexperience users, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is so easy to use and has straightforward interface.

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac works well in different data loss scenarios. It can recover lost data from formatted, unmountable, unreadable, inaccessible APFS hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, pen drive, digital camera, etc. Apart from APFS data recovery, it also supports various file systems and formats, such as HFS, HFS+, exFAT, FAT32.

Tutorial to recover deleted/lost files from encrypted APFS drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

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

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac 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 drives with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

Step 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 drives with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

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

Recover lost data from encrypted APFS drives with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

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

Recover lost data from encrypted APFS drives with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

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

Recover lost data from encrypted APFS drives with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

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