How to recover deleted/lost files from APFS drive in macOS High Sierra?

Lost/deleted files from APFS drive in macOS High Sierra? Please don't worry, the data is still somewhere on your Mac. This article will introduce APFS data recovery: how to recover deleted/lost files from APFS formatted hard drive and external drive in macOS High Sierra.

APFS data recovery

APFS data recovery requires us to find a APFS data recovery software, M3 Mac Data Recovery is such a APFS data recovery software which can recover deleted/lost files from APFS hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, recover data from formatted APFS drive, recover data from corrupted APFS drive, recover deleted/lost APFS partition, recover data from unreadable APFS drive, recover data from unmountable drive, recover data from crashed APFS drive, recover data from encrypted APFS drive in macOS High Sierra 10.13/10.12 Sierra and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

How to recover deleted/lost files from startup disk in macOS High Sierra?

On macOS High Sierra, there is a security mechanism named "System Integrity Protection" (SIP), which prevents any application from reading startup drive. And when we want to use M3 Mac Data Recovery to scan startup disk, we need to temporarily disable SIP, otherwise M3 Mac Data Recovery will be prevented from scanning.

Step 1: Disable System Integrity Protection (SIP)

1. Boot to Recovery OS by restarting Mac and pressing & holding down Command + R keys at startup.

Disble SIP step 1

2. Launch Terminal from Utilities.

3. Enter the command: csrutil disable and press Return.

Disble SIP step 2

4. Restart Mac computer.

Step 2: Recover deleted/lost files from startup drive in macOS High Sierra

1. Download and install this APFS Data Recovery software on your Mac computer.

2. Run this APFS Data Recovery software - M3 Mac Data Recovery

APFS data recovery software

3. Select the APFS drive where lost files and click Next to continue.

If macOS High Sierra startup disk is encrypted APFS, the unlock password of encrypted APFS drive is required as below:

Enter the password to scan lost files from APFS drive with M3 Mac Data Recovery

4. This APFS Data Recovery software is scanning the deleted/lost files from APFS drive.

Scan lost files from APFS drive with M3 Mac Data Recovery

5. Select the found data and then click Recover to save them.

Recover lost files from APFS drive with M3 Mac Data Recovery

After recovering deleted/lost files from APFS drive, we can enable System Integrity Protection (SIP) with following steps:

Step 3: Enable System Integrity Protection (SIP)

1. Boot to Recovery OS by restarting Mac and pressing & holding down Command + R keys at startup.

2. Launch Terminal from Utilities.

3. Enter the command: csrutil enable and press Return.

4. Restart Mac computer.

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