How to Recover Lost/Deleted APFS Partition on Mac

Updated to macOS Data Recovery Tips by Robert on Mar 02, 2023 | Approved by Daryl Baxter

"Anybody know how to recover APFS partition on Mac? I was trying to resize partition to free up unallocated space so that I can extend APFS partition in macOS but failed to boot into macOS after resizing. Is there any way to recover the lost APFS partition on Mac?"

It’s not the only case that people lost APFS partition on Mac. Sometimes while you do clean or try to do anything related to the partition, you even lost access to the APFS partition. It doesn’t matter if there isn’t any data important there. But, on the contrary, there are important files. Here in the following, we’ll discuss two simple ways for how to do APFS partition recovery to recover both lost/deleted files in APFS partition as well as how to recover the APFS partition on Mac as well.

Part 1. How to Recover APFS Partition on Mac by Restoring from Time Machine

As a Mac user, you must have heard about Time Machine. It’s a tool provided by Apple to backup your Mac data as well as to restore Mac with the backup if you lost any data or you want your macOS to come up with the existing files or software. If you can’t access to APFS partition or the APFS partition lost, you can try to recover APFS Partition by restoring from Time Machine backup. Here are the simple steps:

Step 1. You can try the spotlight on your Mac to search for Time Machine. It’s the easiest and most direct way to find Time Machine and access to it.

Step 2. Next, navigate to Time Line. Next, select the Time Machine backup file to restore your Mac. By doing this, it will restore all data from the lost APFS partition to your Mac.

Step 3. After then, you can create the APFS partition on your Mac and fill it with the data restored from Time Machine backup. To create the APFS partition, search for Disk Utility on your Mac, then go to View > Show All Devices. After then, from the sidebar, select an existing APFS volume and click Add Volume, name it. Choose the format as APFS and click Add.

Part 2. How to Do APFS Partition Recovery with a Professional Software Tool

If you have enabled Time Machine, then it will ensure you restore files from Time Machine backup. If not, you must, you’re facing the risk of losing the APFS partition data forever. And what’s worse, since the storage is limited on Mac, many people never enabled Time Machine automatically backup. In this case, if you want to recover lost or deleted APFS partition, you need a professional tool for help.

iBeesoft Data Recovery is one of the professional yet easy-to-use software for people to recover deleted or permanently deleted, lost partition data. It allows you to recover data from lost or deleted APFS partition. If you’ve lose the APFS partition and want to do the APFS partition recovery, try it as soon as possible. All deleted or lost APFS partition is still on your Mac, but invisible. iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac will get it visible for you with all its data recovered. Here are the simple steps for how to recover APFS partition on Mac.

Step 1. Download the last version of iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac. It’s fully compatible with all the Mac partition, including APFS partition. Feel free to use it. Since it’s an application not available at App Store yet, you need to set up the preferences as install apps from App Store as well as a trusted source.

Step 2. Launch the APFS partition recovery software. From the very first window, select the file types you want to recover from the APFS partition on Mac. After then, click "Start" to recover files from APFS volume on Mac.

Step 3. From the next window, you can see the lost or deleted APFS partition as well. Select it to scan files or data on it. Click "Scan", letting the software scan the APFS partition data.

Step 4. When the scanning process is done. Select files and click "Recover" to save them on your Mac. After then you can create a new APFS partition and fill it with all the data you’ve recovered from the lost or deleted APFS partition.

Tips: How to Get Better Result?

There is an option named "Deep Scan" in the result window. You can click it to scan the whole APFS partition on Mac again for more files. It takes longer but worth it. Try it now!