HFS Data Recovery - Get Back Data from HFS File System

Aug 29,2019 • Filed to: Solve Mac Problems • Proven solutions


The key difference between Windows and mac data recovery is the different file systems they support separately. The Windows computer typically use NTFS files system, while the Mac file system is known as HFS (Hierarchical File system). And current Mac computers, including iPod, use a newer version of HFS plus to replace the primary file system of HFS.

Part 1. Recoverit - The Best HFS Data Recovery Software

Sometimes the data loss problems occur because the data structures used by HFS file system to store, manage, access and manipulate data are damaged or corrupted, due to numerous reasons such as virus attack, user errors, improper system shutdown, system crash, and operating system malfunction. Then HFS file system may not work properly. In some situations, the HFS file system volume may become inaccessible in Mac operating system. Or you accidentally deleting of files or formatting. In such situations, you need to do HFS data recovery to save your lost files with Recoverit Mac data recovery software.

Part 2. How to Recover Data from Mac HFS File System

Free download and install Recoverit on your Mac, launch and follow the next simple steps to perform HFS data recovery.

Step 1: To recover data from HFS file system, please select the HFS hard drive partition to get started.

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Step 2: Recoverit file recovery will scan your selected HFS partition to search files.

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Step 3: You can also go to the "Deep Scan" mode, which will help you get more files. But it will take more time.

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Step 4: After scanning, you can go to preview all recoverable files and click "Recover" to save.

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Note: please donot save any recovered files to the location where your files loss. It avoid data loss again and the overwriten files. Get to know more about overwritten data and learn how to recover replaced files.

Note: Recover Lost Mac Data under Mac OS X 10.13 (High Sierra)

Due to macOS High Sierra (macOS 10.13) requirement, Mac users are not allowed an access to the built-in system drive from any apps. Therefore, if you need to restore lost data from the system disk under macOS 10.13, please "disable System Integrity Protection" first.

How to disable "System Integrity protection"? Please follow the steps below.

Step 1Reboot the Mac and hold down"Command + R" keys simultaneously after you hear the startup chime, this will boot OS X into Recovery Mode.

Step 2When the "OS X Utilities" screen appears, pull down the "Utilities" menu at the top of the screen instead, and choose "Terminal".

Step 3In the "Terminal" window, type in "csrutil disable" and press "Enter" then restrart your Mac.

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