Different from previous macOS, macOS Catalina 10.15/Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13 has changed the setting of FileVault to make it turn on by default. So after upgrading to Mojave/High Sierra, our Mac internal hard drive will be automatically encrypted. There are also times that we want to format our external drive to APFS and encrypt it.
Some Mac users complain that encryption paused during the process of encrypting APFS drive. We may also find out APFS encryption paused error when checking Security & Privacy panel of System Preferences and the status showing as "Encryption paused".
No matter what causes this error, after APFS encryption paused, our APFS drive can't be used as normal and files on it can't be accessed. Under that condition, the first priority is to recover lost data from encryption paused APFS drive.
Tips for encryption paused APFS data recovery
After encryption paused, we should stop using the APFS drive immediately. Further operations on the drive may not only cause unnecessary data loss, but also make damages to the drive. So we'd better perform data recovery from encryption paused APFS drive as soon as possible.
Recover lost data after APFS encryption paused with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery
iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is a free & professional Mac data recovery software that can recover lost data after APFS encryption paused, recover deleted/lost files from APFS drive,
Besides, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can also perform reliable data recovery from FAT32 drives, exFAT drives, HFS+ drives, recover lost data from formatted, unmountable, unreadable, corrupted hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, pen drive, etc.
Steps to recover lost data after APFS encryption paused with iBoysoft Mac Data recovery
Step 1: Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery and click "Find Lost APFS Partition" on the top right corner. Then you will see all connected hard drives.
Step 2: Select the drive which contains your APFS encrypted volume and click "Next" button. The software will list all APFS volumes on the selected drive.
Step 3: Choose the APFS encrypted volume that you want to recover lost data from and click "Next".
Step 4: Enter the correct password and click "OK" to start searching for lost files on the volume.
Step 5: Preview the listed searching results, choose files you need, then click "Recover" to get lost files back.
Step 5: Go through to make sure you have all the lost files back.