How to Recover HFS, HFS+ Partition Data on Mac

Daisy updated on Nov 05, 2020 to Mac File Recovery | How-to Articles

When an HFS or HFS+ partition gets deleted, saved files are also lost. The best way is to apply Mac data recovery software for help. Here EaseUS Mac HFS/HFS+ partition data recovery software can help you restore all lost HFS, HFS+ partition data in 3 steps.

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. Select the disk location (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or a removable storage device) where you lost data and files. Click the "Scan" button.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results on the left pane.

start scan on the Mac

Step 3. In the scan results, select the file(s) and click the "Recover Now" button to have them back.

click recover now button to recover lost data on your Mac
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.

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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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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