How to recover lost data after deleting APFS container?

Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery 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 Mac Data Recovery is one of Mac data recovery software that can easily recover lost data after deleting APFS container.

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

Tutorial to recover lost data after deleting container with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

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

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery, 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 Mac Data Recovery can also recover data from as HFS drives, HFS+ drives, exFAT drives, FAT32 drives.

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

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