How to recover lost data after deleting APFS container?

Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery Tips on January 10th, 2018

Most macOS users have converted HFS+ to APFS because, compared to previous file system, the newly released APFS (Apple File System) has a great breakthrough on extended size, data security and file management. However, we cannot avoid data loss when using APFS. As most users think APFS containers are useless for them, deleted APFS container is one of the most common problems, annoying a great amount of macOS users.

Why does deleted container cause data loss?

Firstly, a single APFS container holds multiple volumes and we save data on volumes. Therefore, if we delete the APFS container, all volumes are deleted at the same time and data stored on these volumes are lost.

Secondly, the APFS container contains the recovery partition and a couple of other system partitions. Thus, if you delete the APFS container, the operating system is unable to locate files saved in each volume.

Tips of deleted APFS container

After deleting APFS container, keep in mind that the more operation you do, the less data you get back. So don't make any further operation, including creating a new container and adding a new volume for these operation will cover the original data.

How to recover lost data after deleting APFS container?

If you have important data stored in the deleted APFS container, we should recover lost data after deleting APFS container. As APFS data recovery is quite complex, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is one of Mac data recovery software that can easily recover lost data after deleting APFS container.

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is a professional & free Mac data recovery software that can recover lost data after deleting container, recover lost data from corrupted APFS container, recover deleted/lost partition, recover deleted/lost data from APFS volume, recover lost data from formatted APFS drive, recover lost data from unmountable APFS drive, recover lost data from inaccessible APFS drive, recover lost data from corrupted APFS drive, etc.

Tutorial to recover lost data after deleting container 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, choose "Find Lost APFS Partitions" on the upper right corner of the interface.

Recover lost data after deleting container

Step 3: According to partition size and other partition info, select the partition where you stored important files and click "Next" to search for lost data in the partition.

Step 4: Preview the listed searching files, choose files we need, and click "Recover".

Aside from data recovery from APFS drive, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac can also recover lost data from as HFS drives, HFS+ drives, exFAT drives, FAT32 drives.

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac can also recover lost data from formatted drive, recover lost data from unmountable drive, recover lost data from inaccessible drive, recover lost data from corrupted drive, external hard drive, SD card, USB drive, pen drive, etc. on macOS macOS Big Sur 11/10.15/10.14/10.13/10.12 and 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

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