How to recover data from accidentally erased APFS partition?

Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery on January 22nd, 2019

I accidentally erased an APFS partition which I meant to click the another one. I have several memorable photos, videos, music, word files (Business and official documents) onto it. Now I'm desperately looking for the way to recover data from that partition. Please help!

Apple has updated from the ancient HFS+ file system to the new APFS. Though APFS is coming with many new features and benefits, you can't avoid data loss during using an APFS formatted drive. One of the most common data loss scenarios happens when an APFS partition is accidentally erased. Have you ever made such a mistake? If you have similar experience like above, this article is written for you.

Things to know before recovery

The success rate of data recovery depends on what you have done after disk formatting. It is constantly advised that you should stop using the APFS partition or doing any further operation, such as saving new data on the partition. More importantly, if you have a great recovery tool, you will have high possibility to recover data from accidentally erased/formatted APFS partitions.

Tutorial to recover data from accidentally erased/formatted APFS partition

As the best APFS data recovery software, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is highly recommended to recover data from accidentally erased/formatted APFS partitions, recover lost data after macOS Mojave update as well as High Sierra, recover data from encrypted APFS volumes, recover data from unbootable APFS partitions, restore an accidentally deleted APFS partitions, recover data from unreadable, unmountable, inaccessible APFS drives.

Besides, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery also recovers data from HFS+, HFS, FAT32, exFAT drives. It supports recovering documents, pictures, videos, music files and much more on hard drives, external hard drives, USB flash drives, SD cards, memory cards, etc. It is compatible with macOS Catalina 10.15/Mojave 10.14/10.13 High Sierra/10.12/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

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

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

Recover data from accidentally erased APFS partition

Step 3: Select the erased/formatted APFS partition and click "Next" button to scan for all the lost data.

Tips: If you can't find the needed files, please check "File types" option in Preferences panel and choose APFS file system, then click Deep scan option to try again.

Step 4: Preview the searching results, choose files you need, and click "Recover" to get them back.

Can you recover data from accidentally erased/formatted APFS partition?

In technical words, when you unintentionally erased/formatted an APFS partition, the operating system will only erase all book keeping information from the partition and mark the space as free to reuse. That means the operating system is no longer locate the actual content of your files on the APFS partition, and all area on the partition are considered to be available free space. Well don't worry!

The good news is that your files is still reminded on the same location. You are likely to recover data from accidentally erased/formatted APFS partitions as long as the data has not been overwritten.

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