How to recover lost data from erased/formatted APFS drive?

Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery Tips on December 26th, 2018

I erased a 1TB APFS hard drive on my Mac with Disk Utility. After completely erasing, I realized that I had not backed up the data on the APFS drive. Now, all my data was gone. I'm wondering if I have a chance to recover lost data from erased APFS drive.

We have enjoyed the benefits of APFS file system since the launch of macOS High Sierra. However, some Mac users still suffer from APFS data loss in certain situations. Mistakenly erasing an APFS drive with Disk Utility is always one of big issues. When we erase an APFS drive, the drive will no longer contains the files that it once held and there seems no way to restore them back. Is it not possible to get lost data back from erased/formatted/wiped drive? Fortunately, APFS data recovery software has power to do it.

Why we can recover lost data from erased/formatted APFS drive?

When we erase/format an APFS disk, the operating system will erase all bookkeeping information on the disk, marking all sectors available for reuse. But this process only removes the data on the address tables rather than the data on the APFS disk. So, data recovery from an erased/formatted APFS drive is realistic as long as the lost data is not overwritten. To avoid permanent data loss, what we should do is to stop using the APFS drive and perform data recovery as soon as possible.

How to recover lost data from erased/formatted APFS drive?

First of all, we should find a professional APFS data recovery tool. iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac deserves the best APFS data recovery software. Compare to other APFS data recovery programs, it can be applied in a variety of data loss scenarios for APFS data recovery. With iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac, we are able to recover lost data from erase/formatted APFS drive, recover lost data from encrypted APFS volumes, recover lost data from unreadable, unmountable, inaccessible APFS drives, recover lost data from deleted/lost APFS partitions, recover lost data from APFS boot volumes, etc.

Besides data recovery from erased APFS drive, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac also supports data recovery from HFS+, HFSX, HFS, FAT32, exFAT on macOS Big Sur 11/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. It doesn't matter if it was pictures, music files, videos or documents, everything can be brought back on hard disks, external hard drives, USB flash drives, SD cards, memory cards, pen drives and more storage medias.

Tutorial to recover lost data from erased/formatted APFS drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac:

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

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.

Recover lost data from uerased/formatted APFS drive

Step 3: Select the erased/formatted APFS drive 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 and click Deep scan option to try again.

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

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