Solved: Volume Erase Failed with the Error File System Formatter Failed

REMO Recover shows you how to fix internal file system error on Mac OS X to easily recover data from inaccessible hard drive, SSD, USB flash drive, pen drive, SD memory card, etc. Free download it now!


File system error on Mac – Disk Utility not enough to fix the problem

“Hi, I have installed latest macOS Sierra 10.12 on my laptop. When I try to copy a large amount of files on Mac hard drive, I get an error code-50 or error the file system formatter failed. Is there any way to fix this issue and ensure hard drive data integrity? Please help!”

File system formatter error symptoms

There are many file system / drive errors that can occur on any versions of Mac OS X. Here are some typical symptoms that you may encounter such as:

  • Mac abruptly terminate when you are working on it.
  • Mac does not boot up.
  • When you switch on Mac machine, the system starts-up and suddenly shuts down in between the loading process.

How to regain files after Mac says “disk erase failed with the error file system formatter failed”?


File system (HFS, HFSX, HFS+, ExFAT) corruption or an excess number of bad sectors on HDD are the main causes for the file system formatter error on Mac. As a result of this, you may no longer access the hard drive of your Mac. You can easily fix the problem by running FSCK command or format the hard drive. No matter how you deal with the problematic disk, REMO Mac data recovery software becomes necessary to recover files from corrupted file system.

Remo Recover - Easiest way of recovering files after file system formatter error on Mac

Remo Recover is highly effective and equally safe to perform hard drive data recovery after format error on Mac OS X. It support all popular brands of hard disk drive including SanDisk, Maxtor, Western Digital, Samsung, LaCie, Buffalo and much more. The robust scanning algorithms deeply scan the corrupted file system of Mac hard drive and completely restore lost files in a completely hassle free manner. Further, it facilitates the user with preview option so that you better decide which files needed to be recovered from the corrupt file system.

Key features of Remo Recover Mac tool

  • Easily retrieve files from HFSX, HFS+, HFS and ExFAT file systems on Macintosh
  • Capable of recovering files from damaged file system of any storage devices such as hard drive, USB flash drive, iPod, SD memory card, external hard drive and more
  • Compatible in recovering data from macOS 10.5 Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra, and High Sierra
  • Display the retrieved files in the Mac Finder Styled interface
  • Provide Find Tool option to find required file in the recovered data list
  • Free 24x7 tech support is available for all users to provide solution to their queries

Follow these steps to recover data after file system formatter error on Mac

Click on the Download button to get free Remo Recover Pro Edition for Mac and install it on your computer. Then, follow the below mentioned instructions to recover data from Mac hard drive and fix file system error on Mac OS X.


Step 1: Launch Remo Recover and click on “Recover Volumes / Drives” option to perform data recovery after file system error on Mac.

Select Recover Volumes / Drives to fix volume erase failed with the error file system formatter failed

Step 2: Select either “Volume Recovery” or “Formatted / Re-Formatted Recovery” option to recover files from corrupt file system.

Choose suitable option to recover data after file system error on Mac

Step 3: Select the drive showing disk erase failed with the error file system formatter failed and click “Next” to move to the next step.

Select hard drive displaying file system formatter error on Mac

Step 4: After completion of the scan, you can preview the list of recovered files by means of “File Type View” and “Data View”.

Preview list of recovered files

Step 5: Click on “Save” button to save the recovered files back to your system on any host accessible location.

Save current recovery session of problematic drive



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