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How to recover deleted data from Apple T2 MacBook?

I accidentally deleted my data on MacBook 2019 and want to restore it. I don't have a backup on the TimeMachine, so it's not available. I bought the Wondershare Recoverit software, but the software cannot scan my folders because of the Apple T2 security chip. The following message is always displayed: 'Your Mac is equipped with the Apple T2 Security Chip. Files in the APFS file system cannot be scanned.' I have already disabled my System Integrity Protection and FileVault, but I still did not succeed. How can I scan these folders? With the iBoysoft Data Recovery software, they want a password for my encrypted APFS partition. Where do I get this password from?

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iBoysoft author Anna Yuan

Anna Yuan

Answered on Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Unlike the Wondershare Recoverit giving you a 'Your Mac is equipped with the Apple T2 Security Chip. Files in the APFS file system cannot be scanned.' error prompt. iBoysoft Data Recovery is truly powerful in T2 data recovery, APFS data recovery, and deleted file recovery.

To perform Apple T2 chip data recovery with the iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac program, do the following:

Step 1: Turn on your Mac, then immediately press and hold the Command + Option + Shift + R keys until a spinning globe appears on the screen. It will boot Mac into Internet Recovery Mode that enables your macOS Recovery to install the macOS when leaving the factory.

Step 2: Check the internet connection, and keep the Internet connected all the time.

Step 3. Click Utilities in the top menu and select Terminal from the drop-down menu.

Step 4: Run the following command in the Terminal window.sh <(curl http://boot.iboysoft.com/boot.sh)

This will launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac through iBoysoft Server so that you can recover data from the T2 Mac computer.

Step 5: After launching iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac, please select the drive you want to recover deleted data from and click Search for Lost Data. According to what you mentioned, this drive is APFS encrypted and iBoysoft Data Recovery software lets you enter a password to unlock it.

Here the password is the one you created when you encrypted the disk. So just try to recall the correct password or recovery key to unlock the drive if you use FileVault to encrypt the disk. The recovery key is a string of letters and numbers and is hard to remember, you must have kept it somewhere safe. 

If you encrypt the drive with third-party encrypting software, you need to install the same application that you used to encrypt your drive and unlock it using the app. Then you can use iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac to scan it for lost data.

Step 6: After the drive has been unlocked, wait until the scan process is over. When the scan process is over, you can filter the found files by different parameters if necessary. Then, click the Preview button to preview the wanted files.

Step 7: Now you can recover your deleted files from your T2-secured Mac. Tick the checkbox of the files you want to recover, and click the Recover button. You cannot save recovered files back to the Mac drive you just scanned, so connect another external storage device to your Mac, like an external hard drive, and save your files there.


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