How to recover lost data after converting external drive to APFS on macOS High Sierra?

Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery on January 29th, 2018

Apple's macOS High Sierra 10.13 brings a new file system named APFS (Apple File System), which aims to fix the core problem of HFS+. With a primary focus on encryption, APFS provides us with a quicker and safer experience. Since we update to macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13, our internal hard drive will be automatically converted HFS+ to APFS without making any change to data stored on the drive, and we can also convert our HFS+ external drive to APFS in Disk Utility.

At first, we should know that only HFS+ external hard drive can be converted to APFS without data loss, but other external drives can only be formatted to APFS drive which means erasing all data stored on the external drive. Meanwhile, even though we can convert HFS+ external drive to APFS without data loss, it's still possible for us to lose important data on external hard drive due to conversion failure.

Thus, if we don't make any backup before, we are facing data loss problem after converting external drive to APFS.

Unfortunately, most of people don't have the habit of backup and that's the reason you are at this page. Don't worry! Even though we have formatted the external drive to APFS or faced data loss due to APFS conversion failure, we still have chance to find lost data back. In this situation, we should stop using our external drive and recover lost data after converting external drive to APFS as soon as possible.

Recover lost data after converting external drive to APFS on macOS High Sierra

Because of technical difficulty, a few data recovery software can support to recover lost files from APFS drive. Luckily, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is such a professional and APFS data recovery software.

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is the best APFS drive data recovery software that can recover data after converting external drive to APFS, recover deleted/lost files from APFS 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 deleted/lost APFS partition, etc. on macOS 10.14/10.13.

Tutorial to recover lost data after converting external drive to APFS with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

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

Step 2: Select the APFS external drive where we have lost data, and click "Next".

Recover data after converting external drive to APFS with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

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

Aside from APFS data recovery, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can also recover data from FAT32 drives, exFAT drives, HFS+ drives. iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery performs well in formatted drive data recovery, unmountable drive data recovery, unreadable drive data recovery and corrupted drive data recovery. It supports storage devices like hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, pen drive, etc.

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