How to convert NTFS to APFS without data loss?

Posted by Juno to NTFS for Mac on October 23th, 2017

APFS (Apple File System) is the newest file system released by Apple Inc. Compared with precious file systems, like HFS and HFS+, it has more advanced features and can store & manage files in a more safe way. As for file system, we can simply explain it as a way or technology to store files.

NTFS is a file system developed by and mainly used on Windows. Up until now, macOS only offers limited support to NTFS drives and by default, we can only read NTFS drive but can't edit, modify or delete files on NTFS drive when using them on macOS. That causes much inconvenience when transferring files between NTFS drive and Mac.

Due to the problem of inability to write to NTFS drive on Mac, some users want to convert NTFS to APFS. Here is an easy way to convert NTFS to APFS without data loss.

How to convert NTFS to APFS without data loss?

It should be noted that it's not easy to directly convert NTFS to APFS, so we adopt the method that firstly convert NTFS drive to HFS+ and then convert the HFS+ drive to APFS.

Step 1: Convert NTFS to HFS+ with free Paragon NTFS-HFS Converter

At this step, we need to seek help from Paragon NTFS-HFS Converter, a free tool that can easily convert NTFS drive to HFS+ and vice versa. It offers us option to back up files on the NTFS drive to avoid unnecessary data loss. Just download & install Paragon NTFS-HFS Converter and simply convert the NTFS drive to HFS+ according to its guidance.

Step 2: Convert HFS+ to APFS with Mac built-in function

1. Open Disk Utility and find the HFS+ drive that we want to convert to APFS.

2. Right-click the drive and choose "Convert to APFS".

3. Wait until the conversion finishes.

This method is so easy that we can finish conversion even without any previous experience. At most of the time, NTFS drive can be converted to APFS in this way. But the real conversion situation varies and in rare cases, it may fail to work. Although it hardly ever happens, it's still helpful to learn how to avoid data loss if the conversion fails.

If unfortunately we fail to convert NTFS to APFS - how to avoid data loss?

If unfortunately the conversion fails and we lose the data on the drive, here is a professional Mac data recovery tool can help us to get lost data back.

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is a professional and free Mac data recovery software that can easily recover data after failing to convert NTFS to APFS, recover deleted files emptied from Mac Trash, recover data from RAW, formatted, unreadable, unmountable or inaccessible Macintosh HD, external hard drive, USB flash drive, memory card, etc. on macOS 10.14/10.13/10.12/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

NTFS driver for macOS - iBoysoft Drive Manager

Actually, we can write to NTFS drive on Mac without bothering to convert it to APFS. Only with a NTFS for macOS - iBoysoft Drive Manager, we can mount NTFS drive with read-write mode on Mac.

iBoysoft Drive Manager

iBoysoft Drive Manager is a handy Mac tool that can easily mount, read, write and unmount NTFS drive, FAT32 drive, exFAT drive, etc. on macOS 10.14/10.13/10.12 and macOS 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

NTFS for Mac - iBoysoft Drive Manager

With iBoysoft Drive Manager, we can manage external drives and network drives with ease. It offers a menu bar on which we can conveniently mount, unmount and remount external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, CF card, pen drive, etc.

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