How to recover data from encrypted APFS external hard drive?

By Katrina | Posted to Mac Data Recovery on January 22nd, 2018 |

I have a WD external hard drive stored important files, so I formatted it to APFS (Encrypted). This morning when I connected it to macOS, I couldn't open the APFS external hard drive. When I went to Disk Utility, I found it unmountable and I was unable to mount it manually. I remembered that I had ejected it improperly at the last time. Is this the cause? Can I use the APFS external hard drive again? How to recover data from encrypted APFS external hard drive?

Unable to access encrypted APFS external hard drive? Want to recover data from encrypted APFS external hard drive? If you have such similar problems, relax and follow the guidance to recover your lost files from encrypted APFS external hard drive with the best APFS drive data recovery software.

As the most advanced file system, APFS has great improvement compared to the previous HFS, especially on privacy and security. Since one of APFS types is APFS (Encrypted), once we convert to APFS (Encrypted), our internal/external hard drive is automatically encrypted. Therefore, nobody can touch data stored on the APFS internal/external hard drive except ourselves. But errors happen sometimes and we are unable to access the APFS internal/external hard drive as well.

Under this circumstance, stop using this APFS external hard drive for any further operation will overwrite the original data. To avoid irreparable data loss, we'd better perform data recovery as soon as possible.

Recover data from encrypted APFS external hard drive with APFS data recovery software

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is a APFS drive data recovery software that can recover data from encrypted APFS external hard drive, recover data from formatted APFS hard drive, recover data from unmountable APFS drive, recover data from unreadable APFS hard drive, recover data from corrupted APFS drive, recover lost data from encrypted APFS volume, recover deleted/lost APFS partition, etc.

Meanwhile, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can also recover deleted/lost files from FAT32 drives, exFAT drives, HFS+ drives, recover data from formatted, unmountable, unreadable, corrupted hard drive, USB flash drive, memory card, SD card, pen drive, etc. on macOS Catalina 10.15/Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12 Sierra and OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Tutorial to recover data from encrypted APFS external hard drive with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

Step 1: Free download, install and launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

Step 1: Click "Find Lost APFS Partition" on the top right corner. Then you will see all internal and external hard drives.

Recover data from encrypted APFS external hard drive

Step 2: Select the APFS encrypted external hard drive and click "Next" button. The software will list all APFS partitions on the selected drive.

Recover data from encrypted APFS external hard drive

Step 3: Choose the APFS encrypted partition that you have deleted/lost data from and click "Next".

Recover data from encrypted APFS external hard drive

Step 4: Enter the correct password and click "OK" to start searching for lost files on the partition.

Recover data from encrypted APFS external hard drive

Step 5: Preview the listed searching results, choose files you need, then click "Recover" to get lost files back.

Recover data from encrypted APFS external hard drive

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

After APFS external hard drive data recovery completed, we can reformat the drive so that it can be usable again.

Why encrypted APFS external hard drive becomes inaccessible?

Actually, inaccessible encrypted APFS external hard drive is one of the most common problems and there are various reasons that can lead to inaccessible encrypted APFS external hard drive, including:

1. Interrupted encryption. Such as sudden power failure during the process of encryption;

2. Plug out an external hard drive or removable hard drive in an improper way;

3. Virus attack;

4. File system goes wrong;

5. External hard drive is physically damaged.

In a word, inaccessible encrypted APFS external hard drive mainly results from corrupted file system that we lost permission to access files stored on the encrypted APFS external hard drive.

Katrina

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

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