File Recovery from HFS Partition

  • Scans and recovers files from formatted, deleted, and corrupted HFS partition on all Mac OS X
  • Supports HFS partition recovery after partition table corruption
  • Data from unmounted HFS, and HFS+ Volumes can also be retrieved
  • Files on the HFS formatted drives are recovered in their original format


HFS or Hierarchical File System is a proprietary file system developed by the Apple Inc. for computers running their Mac OS computers. It was the standard file system of Mac computers until the arrival of OS X series of computes where the successor of HFS namely HFS+ became the default file system. Nowadays, even though Apple limited the support of HFS, there are people who are still using this file system on their Mac OS computers. This limited support is somewhat used to cause troubles to HFS users in the fields like data loss.

Whatever OS or file system, it may be; the primary concern of most of the users will be the safety of the data stored in it. But if the data loss happened really without leaving any chances of data to restore through backup, the only possible option would be recovery. Same with the case of HFS partitions. Anyhow, you don’t have to believe like recovering HFS partitions data requires a strenuous effort. In reality, this recovery is not at all an attention-demanding job and it can be performed using tools like “Folder Recovery” in an efficient manner. It can recover deleted files from a Mac hard drive even in the latest versions of MacBook computers like MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, etc. Visit the following page to get more details about this subject.

Some Causes for Data Loss from HFS Partitions

  • Catalog Table Corruption: A catalog file stores all file records under a unique data structure. It is one of the most important components of Mac OS. Any corruption to this file destroys the entire file system of a partition completely. So it is a serious case of data loss. You have to recover files from HFS partition thus corrupted before doing any further action on it.
  • Formatting: An HFS partition can get formatted due to human errors as well as system errors. Accidental formatting of an unintended HFS drive is just an example of this. If the file system of an HFS volume is corrupted, it can even lead to the formatting of that volume.
  • Other Reasons: Apart from the above reasons, there are many reasons which are accountable for the data loss from Mac HFS volumes like bad sectors on the hard drive, accidental file deletion, software conflicts and many more.

The Folder Recovery tool can be used as an ideal option for HFS partition data recovery from different types of Mac computers. This tool also supports the recovery of other file systems used in Mac computers such as HFS+, FAT32, exFAT, etc.

Some More Features of this HFS Recovery Tool

  • You can recover files from HFS partition that is been using on either Intel or PowerPC architectures.
  • The recovered using this software can be viewed on a Mac-styled interface and the data can be sorted on various file elements like file name, file size, creation date, modification date, file extension, etc.
  • You can restore zipped files, documents, images, videos, music files, and many more using the unique signatures of each file type with this tool.
  • This tool allows restoring HFS volumes that got deleted or lost from a Mac computer.
  • Data from Mac volumes which have lost due to journal corruption can be efficiently restored with the help of this tool.
  • Using this tool, you can also recover photos from a formatted SD card that got lost due to known or unknown reasons with utmost ease.

Steps to perform file recovery on HFS partitions:

Step 1: Launch the software and select Recover Volumes/Drives option on the home screen as shown in Fig 1.

Recover Files from HFS Partition- Home Screen

Figure 1: Home Screen

Step 2: Now select hard drive volume and click on Next button as shown in Figure 2.

Recovering HFS Partitions Data- Select Drive

Figure 2: Select Hard Drive Volume

Step 3: Once the scanning finished, you can view recovered files using File Type View option as shown in Figure 3.

HFS Partition Data Recovery- Recovered Files

Figure 3: Preview Files