[Solved] The given APFS volume is already encrypting or decrypting

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

After updating to macOS High Sierra on MacBook Pro, when I try to convert the Macintosh HD to APFS (Encrypted), the encryption process is permanently paused at 10.0% for no reason then the system crashes. Then I boot into Recovery Mode, I can unlock the volume using Terminal but when I try to decrypt I got the following message:

"Error starting background decryption of APFS volume: The given APFS volume is already encrypting or decrypting (-69573)"

It has been a long time that Apple finally has released a new default file system called APFS. APFS comes with many new features. The most attracting one is native encryption support. Unlike the full-disk version of FileVault encryption, APFS supports file system encryption which can be used to encrypt user data, metadata and individual piece of files.

Sometimes however, when attempting to decrypt an APFS encrypted volume in Terminal, you may receive error messages like "the given APFS Volume is already encrypting or decrypting (-69573)" or "APFS volume decryption failed to begin". It’s so desperate especially if you have important files on the APFS encrypted volume. Unable to unlock an APFS volume and worry about data loss on it? Don’t be panic, here you can find the best solution.

Why the given APFS volume is already encrypting or decrypting?

As the error said, you can't decrypt the APFS encrypted volume as the encryption of an APFS volume is in progress. This error happens when APFS encryption stuck for some reasons but the system doesn’t realize it. The reason why APFS encryption stuck is virus attack, bad sector, power failure, file system corruptions, etc. After learning what cause 'the given APFS volume is already encrypting or decrypting' error, you should think about how to fix the error.

Fix ‘the given APFS volume is already encrypting or decrypting’ error

Since the APFS encryption paused, you can try to resume, cancel or disable the encryption. If you fail, the only way to reformat the APFS encrypted volume and reinstall macOS. But if the volume contains important data, please perform data recovery at first.

Recover lost data from encrypted APFS volume

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is the best APFS data recovery software, which is able to recover lost data after APFS encryption paused, recover data from encrypted APFS volume, 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, recover deleted/lost APFS volume, etc.

Furthermore, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery supports data recovery from drives formatted as other file system (such as HFS, HFS+, FAT32 and exFAT) on hard drive, SSD, fusion drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, etc. The program is compatible with macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Tutorial to recover data from APFS encrypted volume with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery:

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

Step 2: Click "Find Lost APFS Partitions" on the top right, then the program will start searching for the encrypted APFS volume.

Recover data from encrypted APFS volume

Step 3: When all APFS volumes found, select the APFS volume that you lost data and click "Next".

Step 4: Enter password. The program will start scanning for lost data from the encrypted APFS volume.

Step 5: Preview the results, choose files you expected and click "Recover" to get them back.

Reformat the APFS encrypted volume

Step 1: Launch Disk Utility.

Step 2: Click the icon of the APFS encrypted volume on the left part of the window.

Step 3: Click the Erase on the top of the Disk Utility window.

Step 4: Complete related information (name, format, scheme, etc.), and then click Erase button.

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