How to recover lost data after resizing APFS container on macOS High Sierra?

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

Hi, I want a space to install Linux on my MacBook Pro. For this, I am trying to resize one of my APFS partition. However, I am failing. Whenever I am performing a partition shrink using Disk Utility, an error code 49153 prevented me from accessing the APFS container. But I really need the working files on one APFS volume. Can anyone tell me how to recover lost data after resizing APFS container?

APFS was introduced with a new concept - Container. A single container has multiple volumes with shared free space. As a drive can have multiple containers, users may wish to resize APFS container to optimize their file storage. But some unexpected quirks happen after resizing APFS container, such as the above APFS resizing error, which will result in data loss problem. If you are facing data loss problem after changing APFS container size, just read ahead to get effective solutions.

How to recover lost data after resizing APFS container?

Although there are numerous reasons which cause data loss after increasing APFS container, we still have ways to recover lost data back. The following are two effective solutions:

Solution 1: Restore lost data from Time Machine Backup

Backup is always the most reliable measure to prevent data loss. If you have made a backup in Time Machine, you are such a lucky one who can recover lost data from Time Machine backup.

How to recover lost data from Mac with Time Machine backup?

Solution: 2: Recover lost data after resizing APFS container with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

If there is no backup or available backup is not recent in Time Machine, a professional APFS data recovery program like iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is needed.

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is the best APFS data recovery software, which can recover lost documents, photos, videos, etc. after resizing APFS container on macOS High Sierra. It also supports to recover lost data from encrypted APFS boot/startup drive, recover deleted/lost data from APFS partition, recover lost data from formatted APFS hard drive, recover lost data from inaccessible APFS drive, recover lost data from corrupted APFS container/drive, recover deleted/lost APFS partition, etc.

Apart from APFS data recovery, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac can also recover lost data from HFS+, HFS, FAT32 and exFAT drives. It can recover deleted files even emptied from Mac Trash, recover lost data from formatted, corrupted, unreadable, unmountable, inaccessible hard drive, external hard drive, USB drive, SD card, memory card, digital cameras, etc. on macOS Catalina 10.15/Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Tutorial to recover lost data after resizing APFS container with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac:

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

Recover lost data after resizing APFS container with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

Step 2: Click "Find Lost APFS Partitions" on the top right corner and select the drive where the APFS container exists and click "Next" to continue.

Step 3: Select the APFS container which we have resized and then click "Next" to scan data.

Step 4: Preview the files in listed scanning results, select files you need, and click "Recover" to get them back.

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