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How to Recover Deleted HFS or HFS+ Partition | 2022

Summary- Accidentally deleted or lost your HFS partition on your Mac? Worried about losing all your important data? Worry not, this article shows you how you can recover hfs partition using a professional partition recovery software- Remo Recover. For a quick data recovery, download the software for free now.

Table Of Contents

What are HFS and HFS Plus?

Hierarchical File System (HFS) is a file system developed and owned by Apple Inc. for use on Mac OS computer systems. Originally designed for use on floppy disks and hard disks, it can also be found on read-only media such as CD-ROMs. HFS is also referred to as the Mac OS standard. 

HFS Plus or HFS+ is also a file system developed by Apple Inc. It replaced the Hierarchical File System (HFS) as the primary file system of Apple computers with the 1998 release of Mac OS 8.1. HFS+ continued as the primary file system of Mac OS X until it was replaced by the Apple File System (APFS), released with macOS High Sierra in 2017. HFS+ is also known as Mac OS Extended or HFS Extended.

Even with the latest Mac file system called APFS, HFS+ is still widely used for its lower fragmentation and ease of compatibility. Data loss in these HFS partitions can happen due to accidental formatting, bad sectors, system crashes, or virus infections. HFS+ partition missing from the hard drive can be very unsettling, especially when you have important data in it. After following the complete set of instructions below you will be able to recover the HFS+ partition successfully, including all your precious data.

How do I Recover HFS+ Partition?

Even as the HFS partition is deleted from the hard drive, you still have a chance at recovering data. Any data that was previously existing in the lost HFS+ volume will remain intact until it has not been overwritten by new data. Hence the maximum chances of getting back data to depend on how quickly you perform data recovery.

However, there are no in-built methods or tools available on Mac to retrieve this lost HFS data. The only way to recover an HFS partition that is formatted or deleted is by utilizing efficient data recovery software. Not every data recovery software is capable of recovering HFS partitions, particularly when corrupted. So the choice of recovery software for HFS+ becomes very critical.

HFS Partition Recovery Made Simple

Regardless of the reasons due to which you have lost the volume, Remo Mac Data Recovery Software can be the right choice to recover deleted HFS+ partitions. Even if the computer is not able to display the lost partitions due to corruption, this tool can locate and recover the data from the drive using a technique called deep scan. Along with retrieving data from HFS+ partitions, the tool is also capable of recovering corrupt Mac hard drives that are even formatted with the latest APFS file system.

Remo Mac Data Recovery Software is a specially designed tool to recover deleted or lost HFS+ partitions. The tool can also recover missing HFS+ partition that is not detected by the computer. To accomplish this task, the tool uses an advanced scan engine that scans each and every sector of the hard drive to recover lost HFS+ partitions. Additionally, this tool can easily recover data from the latest macOS Monterey that uses the APFS file system. Download and try the software for free now.

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How to Recover Data from HFS or HFS+ Partition?

To recover data from the HFS+ partition, download and install Remo Mac Data Recovery software and follow the below-mentioned steps:

  • From the main screen click on Recover Volumes/ Drives and select the Volumes Recovery option

Recover data from HFS partition

  • Now, choose the hard disk from which the HFS+ partition has to be recovered and click Next
  • If you are not able to find the lost HFS partition, click on the second checkbox at the bottom and click on Next to continue
  • Next, choose the Volume that has to be recovered

selecting drive to recover the HFS+ partition

  • Now, select Advance Scan and choose Mark All to select all the files to be recovered from the HFS+ partition. hit the Next button to start the scanning process.
  • Once the scanning process is completed, the recovered data will be shown in File Type View and Data View
  • You can click on any of the recovered files and click on the Preview button at the top, to view the recovered file

Recover data from HFS partition by clicking on SAVE

  • Finally, click on Save and browse for a location on the computer to save the files

Important Note: Do not save the recovered files on the same HFS partition from which it was retrieved. There are chances that these recovered data could be overwritten, which will further lead to data corruption.

Why Remo is Best Suited for Recovering HFS Partition?

  • Remo Recover helps you recover the HFS partition that was deleted due to a disk error.
  • Helps recover data from HFS partitions that were deleted due to drive corruption, such as bad sectors, drive failure, or operating system reinstallation
  • Allows you to easily identify and sort the recovered files. Based on the file type, name, size, date of creation, etc.
  • The software helps recover data from APFS, HFS+, HFSX, FAT16, FAT32 file systems
    The simple interface of Remo Recover makes the HFS partition recovery process easy.
  • Supports data recovery from the formatted drive of macOS 12.0 Monterey, Big Sur, Catalina, High Sierra, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, and others

Tips to avoid data loss from HFS or HFS+ partition

  • If you are looking to free space from the hard drive avoid formatting to do so. Always delete the large file selectively
  • Run the Disk Utility regularly to keep a check on the disk health.
  • Always follow the proper shutdown procedures while turning off your computer. This way you can avoid any potential HFS partition corruption.
  • Update your antivirus timely to avoid the virus from damaging your computer or even erasing your data.
  • Always back up your mac computer to protect your data from unwanted data loss.

Conclusion

Apart from the HFS+ partition, Apple has come up with a newer APFS file system. Although this provides better storage management and security in its volume, it can still be affected by data loss. One way to prevent data loss on Mac is by using Time Machine to store important data. This way, you will be ready to face any data loss situation. However, if you haven’t taken any data backup, use the Remo Mac Data Recovery software and follow the steps mentioned in the article to recover the HFS+ partition.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Recover HFS+ Formatted Disks on Windows?

Yes, you can recover HFS+ formatted disks or drives on Windows computers. Normally, it is not possible to read Mac-formatted drives and files on Windows computers. That does not mean you cannot recover HFS partitions in Windows. You just need a professional data recovery tool like Remo Recover to recover your HFS+ formatted drive. All you need to do to restore data from an HFS drive is to connect your HFS+ formatted hard drive to your Windows computer and then download and install Remo Recover on the same Windows computer and perform the hassle-free recovery.

How to recover files from a deleted HFS partition on Windows?

The most effective way to recover files from a deleted or lost HFS partition is with the help of a professional partition recovery tool like Remo Recover. Follow the below 5 simple steps to recover files from your deleted or lost HFS+ partition:

Step 1: Download, install and launch Remo Recover Software.
Step 2: Select the partition from the home menu and click on the Scan button.
Step 3: After completion of the scanning process, a list of recovered files is displayed under the Lost Partition folder.
Step 4: You can preview all the files which are recovered from your deleted HFS partition using the Preview feature for free.
Step 5: If you are satisfied with the recovery results, select the files which you want to restore and hit the Recover button to save them at your desired location.

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Tony Landry

Tony Landry is a Web Content Editor at Remo Software. He loves to write, edit, and manage content for users trying to troubleshoot and fix problems on Windows, Outlook, storage drives and Cloud storage networks.

He has published more than 200 articles in Remo Software blog. He actively engages in research and problem-solving techniques to consistently generate great web content. Fixing various hardware problems on computer and storage devices along with a great knack for fixing Outlook errors, Tony is also the fun-time IT guy for all his work friends. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys cycling.

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