Recover Files from HFS Partition

Posted by: Leo Mccoy

HFS File Partition Recovery

Hierarchy File System (HFS) is an exclusive file system designed and developed by Apple Inc. to view Drives, Folders and Files on Mac operating systems. In HFS view you can see the particular files and folder that you are looking for, while keeping all other files and folders invisible until you click on them. It has other special features like dual forks for files and folders, allocation blocks for files ranging from 4k to 32k, unique file ID, etc.

Partitioning in computers is the process of dividing the main memory volume into smaller sub – volumes that act as individual memory volumes as to have better accessibility and data management. Other advantages include running two different versions of Operating Systems on a computer and so on.

Conditions wherein you perform HFS file partition recovery on MAC:

  • One of the volumes is severely affected by virus and it is unrepairable using any antivirus tool.
  • A partition is empty and of no use and you want to merge that partition with another partition.
  • While merging two or more partitions in order to have more disk space on that volume, you unintentionally damage the partition.

Actions leading to data loss on a HFS partition:

  • Accidental or unintentional formatting.
  • MDB (Master Directory Block) corruptions, MDB is a register that holds all records related to memory volumes in a Mac PC which in turn causes the volumes to get inaccessible.
  • Any damage to the Catalog files- files that store all details of records of Mac volumes, can cause damage to the partitions
  • Virus infection on any partitions.
  • Repeated system crashes and power outages and other physical damages.

In all of the above mentioned scenarios, there stands a risk of losing all data from the respective partitions provided it is done with utmost care. This task is recommended to be performed under the guidance of an experienced user.

Tool to recover files from HFS partition:

Nevertheless, whatever may be the reason you deleted or lost your partitions, you can recover files from HFS partition or perform total partition recovery using the ultimate Remo Recover utility. Remo Recover is the best tool to recover files from HFS partition and / or to perform HFS partition restore due to many reasons. Some of them are listed.

Reasons making Remo Recover the best tool to recover files from HFS partition and / or to perform HFS partition restore:

  • You can effectively restore files from HFS partition that is deleted, formatted or even re-formatted using Remo Recover.
  • Easily recover files from non - booting Mac volumes.
  • Retrieve data from repartitioned Mac volumes.
  • A user - friendly interface which is so efficient that you don’t have to take professional support in order to recover files from HFS partition or any inaccessible partitions. You can retrieve.
  • The demo version of Remo Recover comes absolutely free of cost. You can test, recover and preview the recovered contents and then choose to go for the full version of this tool.

How to perform HFS file partition recovery using Remo Recover?


Install a latest version of Antivirus on your Mac prior to performing data recovery as the recovered items may contain virus.

Follow these steps to retrieve files from HFS partition on your Mac PC:

Step 1: Install and run Remo Recover tool on your Mac system and click “Recover Volumes / Drives” from the main screen.

HFS File Partition Recovery - Main Screen

Figure 1:Main Screen

Step 2: Now select “Volume Recovery” option to proceed with recovery process.

HFS File Partition Recovery - Select Volume Recovery

Figure 2: Select Volume Recovery

Step 3: Select the HFS volume from where you want to recover data and click “Next” to begin scanning process.

HFS File Partition Recovery - Select HFS Volume

Figure 3: Select HFS Volume

Step 4: Once scanning process is completed you can view the list of files recovered from HFS partition in two different views- “File Type View” and “Data View”.

HFS File Partition Recovery - Recovered Files from HFS Partition

Figure 4: Recovered Files from HFS Partition

Step 5: Finally select “Save Recovery Session” option to avoid rescanning of drive and save recovered files to any desired location.

HFS File Partition Recovery - Save Recovery Session

Figure 5: Save Recovery Session


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