APFS is the default file system for macOS High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina. Many Mac users have benefitted from APFS, but it still can't prevent boot disk from corruption. The boot disk is vital for a computer, which contains special files required for the computer to boot into an operating system. So if APFS boot disk get corrupted, Mac will stuck at loading/login screen and Mac won't boot.
In this post, we will talk about how to recover data from corrupted APFS boot disk. But before that, let's see the symptoms and causes of APFS boot disk corruption.
Symptoms of APFS boot disk corruption
1. Sudden system shutdown
2. Blue screen of death
3. Stuck on Spinning Circle
4. Stuck at loading files loop
5. Freezing randomly
How to recover data from corrupted APFS boot disk?
Since your Mac can't be booted, recovering data from corrupted APFS drive sounds so difficult, but there are still ways to do it. The first thing is to find a professional APFS data recovery program. Here recommend you iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.
Follow this short video to recover data from corrupted APFS boot disks:
iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is the best Mac data recovery software that can recover data from corrupted/damaged APFS boot disk, recover data from encrypted APFS drive, recover data from formatted, unreadable, unmountable, inaccessible or corrupted APFS container/drive, recover deleted/lost data from APFS partition on macOS High Sierra.
Apart from APFS data recovery, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery also support HFS+, HFS, FAT32 and exFAT. It is compatible with macOS Catalina 10.15/Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/Sierra 10.12 and OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.
Solution 1: If you have only one Mac computer
If you have only one Mac computer, please directly run iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery in recovery mode and recover lost data from the corrupted APFS boot disk.
Step 1: Click the Power button to turn on the Mac, and immediately press COMMAND+OPTION+R keys until you see the spinning globe. This will boot your Mac into Recovery Mode.
Step 2: Go to Utilities > Terminal from the menu bar to open Terminal.
Note: If your Mac hasn't connect to internet, you need to choose a WiFi network in the upper-right corner of the screen.
Step 3: In the Terminal window, type in the following command lines and then press Enter. This will launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery through iBoysoft Server.
s='/private/var/tmp/boot.sh' && curl -o $s http://boot.iboysoft.com/boot.sh && chmod 777 $s && $s
Step 4: After launching iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery, please select the corrupted APFS boot disk and click the "Next" button. This program will start scanning for lost files on the drive.
Step 5: Preview the scanning results, and choose the files you want to get back.
Step 6: Click the "Recover" button. You need to specify a different location to store the recovered files.
Solution 2: If you have two Mac computers
Step 1: Download iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on another Mac computer.
Step 2: Install and launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.
Step 3: Click iBoysoft Data Recovery on menu bar and then select "Create Boot Drive".
Step 4: Insert a USB drive into the healthy Mac, and choose it as the media to create a bootable drive on.
Step 5: Click "Make bootable" button. The creation process will start immediately.
Note: This process will erase all data on the USB drive. So please be sure to make a backup if there're important files.
Step 6: After that, please insert iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery bootable USB drive into the unbootable Mac computer, and then press the Power button and Option key (⌥) to start the computer up.
Step 7: Select iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery from the boot options.
Step 8: Follow the wizard to scan for lost data on the corrupted APFS boot disk.
Step 9: Preview and select the files you want to get back, and then click the "Recover" button.