How to recover deleted/lost files from encrypted Mac hard drive on High Sierra?

By Katrina | Posted to Mac Data Recovery on June 4th, 2018 |

When I tried to delete some useless folders on encrypted Mac hard drive (APFS), I happened to select the wrong one and emptied the Mac Trash. But the folder contains my term paper and I have to hand in it tomorrow. Is it possible to recover the data using the help of any software if I know the password?

Many of us tend to encrypt Mac hard drive to prevent leaks, data loss and virus attack. But it also increases the challenge of data recovery, especially on macOS High Sierra. If we locked our Mac hard drive by FileVault before, when we upgrade to macOS High Sierra, our Mac hard drive will automatically convert HFS to APFS (encrypted).

APFS is the latest and complex file system that a few data recovery software can support it, let alone encrypted APFS. Sometimes, we accidentally delete important files on the encrypted Mac hard drive. Maybe the drive was corrupted after a new OS install, OS upgrade, or a reformat, how to can get deleted/lost files back? This passage will show us the tutorial to recover deleted/lost files from encrypted APFS Mac hard drive on macOS High Sierra.

Tutorial to recover deleted/lost files from encrypted Mac hard drive

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery deserves the best APFS data recovery software which offers the most comprehensive solution for APFS data recovery. It can effectively recover deleted/lost files from encrypted Mac hard drive, recover data from encrypted APFS external drives and recover data from formatted, inaccessible, unmountable, unreadable, corrupted APFS drive. Apart from APFS data recovery, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery also supports HFS, HFS+, exFAT and FAT32.

Steps to recover deleted/lost files from encrypted Mac hard drive on macOS High Sierra

Step 1: Download iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery to an external drive, instead of your Mac hard drive.

Because when we download and install iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on Mac, the OS will write some new data on the Mac hard drive, which will overwrite the original data. In this case, we should find an external drive and download iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery in it.

Step 2: Double click iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery installation file, the below window will come into your sight. Then double click the icon of iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery to launch it.

Install iBoysoft Data Recovery

To avoid data loss as little as possible, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery offers a way to directly launch it. So please don't install it to Applications folder.

Step 3: Select the Mac hard drive where we deleted/lost files and click "Next".

Recover deleted/lost files from Mac hard drive

Step 4: Enter the password to scan all deleted/lost data from encrypted Mac hard drive.

Step 5: Preview the scanning results, choose files need to be recovered and click "Recover" button to recover those files from Mac hard drive.


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

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