How to recover lost data from Mac OS Extended drive?

Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery on November 15th, 2018

Download the best free Mac Data Recovery software to recover lost data from Mac OS Extended drive on macOS Catalina 10.15/Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/Sierra 10.12/10.11.

Mac OS Extended, also known as HFS plus or HFS+, is a file system developed by Apple from 1988 until now. It's used on all mechanical and hybrid drives and serves as the default file system on all older version of macOS. Although Apple has released the new file system - APFS (Apple File System) this year, many Mac users still get used to using HFS+. Just like all other file systems, there are data loss on Mac OS Extended drive.

Situations that may lead you to recover lost data from Mac OS Extended drive

1. Mac OS Extended journaled volume errors and malfunctions. Any errors on Mac OS Extended drive will result in all its data turns into inaccessible, such as corrupted file directory or invalid volume header, etc.

2. Virus infection. As our Mac computer is connected to worldwide network, it is possible to be infected by virus every day. Though damages differ greatly but the majority of viruses may cause data erasure.

3. Improper human operation. Sometime you accidentally deleted a useful folder or perhaps you mistakenly reformatted a volume and then find it still has your family photos on it.

Tips before performing Mac OS Extended data recovery

Before performing Mac OS Extended data recovery, here are two tips to increase the possibility of getting lost data back. Firstly, once you realize you have lost data on Mac OS Extended drive, you should stop using the drive and perform data recovery as soon as possible. Secondly, please don't save the recovered data on the same Mac OS Extended drive. Because these two operations will overwrite the original data on the drive resulting in irreparable data loss problem.

Free Mac data recovery software recovers data from Mac OS Extended drive

Here is a free HFS+ data recovery software - iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac which can help recover lost data from Mac OS Extended drives, no matter what data loss situations you find yourself in. It is able to recover lost data from formatted hard drive, recover lost data from unmountable hard drive, recover lost data from corrupted/failed hard drive, recover deleted files even emptied from Mac Trash, etc. on macOS 10.15/10.14/10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

In addition to Mac OS Extended data recovery, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac can also recover lost data from APFS, HFS, FAT32, exFAT drives. It supports different file types including documents, pictures, audios, videos, emails,etc. and multiple sorage devices including hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, etc.

Tutorial to recover lost data from Mac OS Extended dirve:

Tutorial to recover deleted/lost files from HFS+ partition/drive

Step 1: Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac on Mac.

Step 2: Choose the HFS+ drive where we deleted/lost files.

Free HFS+ data recovery software

Step 3: Check "File types" option in Preferences panel and select HFS+ file system.

Step 4: Preview the searching results, choose files we need, then click "Recover".

Step 5: Check to ensure we have got all lost files back.

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