How to recover data from erased external hard drive on Mac?

Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery on July 17th, 2018

Hi, I have an external USB hard drive that was initially formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). It was accidentally erased (using Disk utility) and then re-formatted to APFS. Can anybody suggest any methods or software that could be used to recover data from erased external hard drive on Mac?

Just like what happened above, if you use the "Erase" button wrongly, it's easy to cause data loss problems on external hard drive, hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory, etc. It happens when you erase an external hard drive and then realize that you have important files stored. There are also times when your external hard drive fails to access and needs to be erased due to some common reasons, such as virus attack, hard disk crash, unstable power supply, mechanical failures, corrupted files, etc.

In this post, we will talk about how to recover Disk Utility erased files on Mac.

Can we recover data from erased external hard drive on Mac?

Of course. As long as you don't choose "Secure erase" option and the original data is not overwritten, your entire data still reminds on the external hard drive. If you erase an external hard drive, the Mac operating system will mark the area as free instead of actually smashing all files. All of your files are only not readable or writable. But with the help of free Mac Data Recovery, you are able to recover data from erased/wiped external hard drive on Mac.

How to recover data from erased external hard drive on Mac?

As a free Mac Data Recovery software, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can help you recover data from erased/wiped external hard drive, recover data from formatted external hard drive, hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, pen drive, digital camera, etc. No matter what file systems the drive uses, such as APFS, HFS, HFS+, exFAT, FAT32, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery has the ability to recover data from the drive.

Moreover, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery always works perfectly in different scenarios. It can recover deleted files even emptied from Mac Trash, recover data from formatted, unmountable, unreadable, corrupted, inaccessible drive on macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/Sierra 10.12/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Steps to recover data from erased external hard drive with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

Step 1: Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on Mac.

Step 2: Choose the erased external hard drive, then click "Next".

Recover data from erased external hard drive with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

Step 3: Preview the searching results, choose files we need, then click "Recover" to get lost files back.

Step 4: Go through to ensure we have got all lost files back.

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