How to recover data from deleted APFS volume/partition?

By Katrina | Posted to Mac Data Recovery on November 1st, 2018 |

I have deleted the APFS partition on an external drive by accidentally performing Erase in Disk Utility on macOS High Sierra. It cleared only the GPT partition table, not the whole disk. Is it possible to recover data from this deleted APFS partition?

As the default file system for the latest macOS, APFS is more reliable and faster than the previous HFS+. Many people can't wait to update their computer to macOS Mojave/High Sierra and convert external hard drive to APFS or convert internal hard drive to APFS. However, while using APFS formatted drives, users have lost their important data. This is because APFS is a completely new file management system and people struggle to adapt its features. If you have accidentally deleted an APFS partition that contains important files, this passage will show you how to recover data from deleted APFS partitions.

Is it possible to recover data from deleted APFS partitions?

Yes, it is, but not easy. Different from any other file system, APFS features space sharing. If you create multiple volumes on a single APFS partition (or container), the container's free space is shared and can be allocated to any of the volumes as needed. This new feature brings great benefits to people. But on the other hand, the complex distribution of multiple volumes makes deleted APFS partition recovery difficult. Fortunately, with the help of professional APFS data recovery application like iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery, you can recover data from disappeared APFS partition/volume with ease.

How to recover data from deleted APFS partition/volume with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery?

As one of the few APFS data recovery tools, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can recover data from deleted APFS partitions, recover lost data from encrypted APFS volumes, recover data from formatted APFS drives, recover data from unmountable/inaccessible APFS drives, and recover data from corrupted APFS drives, etc.

In addition to APFS data recovery, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can also recover data from HFS+ drives, exFAT drives, FAT32 drives, recover data from formatted, unmountable, inaccessible, corrupted hard drives, external hard drives, SD cards, USB flash drives, pen drives, etc. This software supports macOS 10.15/10.14/10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Tutorial to recover data from deleted/disappeared APFS partition/volumes

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

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery. Click "Find Lost APFS Partitions" on the top right corner. The program will list all internal and external drives on your Mac.

Recover data from deleted APFS partition

Step 2: Select the drive where you have deleted or lost APFS encrypted partitions and click the "Next" button. After scanning, all APFS partitions on the selected drive will be displayed.

Recover data from deleted APFS partition

Step 3: Choose the APFS encrypted partition that you want to recover data from and click "Next".

Recover data from deleted APFS partition

Step 4: Preview the listed searching results, choose files you need, then click "Recover" to get lost files back.

Recover data from deleted APFS partition

Step 5: Go through to make sure you have all the lost files back.


Katrina is a data recovery expert @iBoysoft who loves to help readers solve various data recovery problems.

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