How to recover lost data from erased/formatted HFS/HFS+ drive?

Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery Tips on December 25th, 2018, 2018

There are two partitions on my Mac, one is formatted with APFS and the another has HFS+ file system. However, I mistakenly reformatted the HFS+ partition and lost all data stored on this partition. I want to know is there any way to recover lost data after formatting an HFS+ disk by accident?

HFS+ is the default file system used by every Mac from 1998 until 2017, when APFS replaced it. Even though APFS has be released for a while, the old HFS+ still doesn't see the sunset, as it has higher compatibility and fully supports fusion drives.

However, none of file system is perfect, there are still data loss scenarios on HFS+ drives. Just like what happened above, you may mistakenly erase an HFS+ hard disk which contains some unique yet important files. Don't worry, the good news is that all files are not erase permanently, and you still have chance to recover lost data from erased/formatted HFS+ drives on Mac.

Tips before data recovery from erased/formatted HFS/HFS+ drives

Once you find you have erased/formatted an HFS/HFS+ drive, you should stop using this disk, including saving the new data or reformatting the disk. Because these operations will write over the original data, making lost data unrecoverable. So please perform data recovery from HFS/HFS+ drive as soon as possible.

How to recover lost data from erased/formatted HFS/HFS+ drive?

Whether you have format an HFS/HFS+ disk by mistake or on purpose, you are able to use the free HFS+ data recovery software – iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac. It is able to recover lost data from erased/formatted HFS/HFS+ hard disks, external hard drives, USB drives, flash drives, SD cards, memory cards, etc.

This powerful data recovery software also recover deleted files from emptied Mac Trash, recover lost data from unmountable, unreadable, inaccessible, corrupted partitions. Moreover, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac supports file systems like HFS, HFS+, APFS, FAT32, exFAT on macOS Catalina 10.15/Mojave 10.14/10.13 High Sierra/Sierra 10.12 and OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Step-by-step tutorial to recover lost data from erased/formatted HFS/HFS+ drives:

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

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.

Recover lost data from erased/formatted HFS/HFS+ drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

Step 3: Select the erased/formatted HFS/HFS+ 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 HFS/HFS+ 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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