How to Recover HFS, HFS+ Partition Data on Mac

HFS and HFS+ are two files systems that are used on Mac partition. When you lost, deleted or formatted files from HFS/HFS+ partitions, follow this page and restore your lost HFS or HFS+ partition data immediately with EaseUS Mac data recovery software.

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How to recover HFS/HFS+ partition and data on Mac?

Is there any way to recover HFS partitions on Mac OS X? Can data recovery software access the files on corrupted, deleted or missing HFS partition? How can I do HFS partition recovery to get back my lost files?

As a Mac user, you may need a solution to rescue your precious files when facing data loss on HFS/HFS+ partitions. In this case, you can read this page to learn the easy way for HFS partition recovery in Mac OS X. 

Causes of HFS/HFS+ partition loss

Mac computers consist of local partitions or logical drives, and like any other operating system, its most popular file system are HFS (Hierarchical File System) and HFS+ (Hierarchical File System). HFS and HFS+ are two files systems that are used on Mac partition. That means the most important data and documents are saved in HFS or HFS+ partition.

But sometimes it happens that your HFS partition becomes invisible and you fails to access your files. Here are some common factors that may cause invisibility of HFS partition and data loss issue: 

  • HFS partition deletion
  • HFS or HFS+ partition corruption
  • Improper manipulating
  • Virus attacks
  • Hard drive formatting
  • Mac operating system reinstallation, etc.

In these situations, you can use Mac data recovery software to restore your lost files on HFS partition. This software recommended here can also be applied to recover lost APFS partitions data on macOS Mohave, High Sierra, and Sierra. 

HFS/HFS+ partition recovery: recover HFS partition files on Mac OS X

Below are the detailed steps for HFS, HFS+ partition data recovery:

Step 1. Search for lost files

Select the disk location to search for lost files (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or a removable storage device) on macOS Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey, Ventura, and the latest Sonoma. Click the "Search for lost files" button.

Note: Before data recovery, you'd better click "Disk Backup" from the left sidebar to create a backup of your Mac to avoid further data loss. After backing up, the software can recover data from the Mac backup, and your computer can wirte new data again.

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Step 2. Go through the scanning results

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results.

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Step 3. Select the file(s) and recover

In the scan results, select the file(s) to preview and click the "Recover" button to have them back.

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Save the HFS or HFS+ partition data to another secure location on Mac hard drive or external storage devices in case of further data loss.

The Bottom Line

After learning the guide about how to recover HFS partition on Mac OS X, I believe you can get back your lost files from invisible HFS partition easily.

And at the same time, if you failed to access your files after HFS partition formatting, you can read how to recover formatted partition on Mac OS X to find a solution.

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is a senior editor and data recovery specialist of EaseUS. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization.

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