How to Disable SIP and Recover Data from APFS Drive on Mac?

donemax editorMaria updated on 2021/2/26 to Mac Data Recovery

APFS (Apple File System) is Apple's new-generation File System for Mac. It was introduced into the new macOS systems (macOS 10.13, 10.14, 10.15, 11 and later). The file system is totally different from the other old file systems. If you want to recover data from APFS unfortunately, you have to use the effective data recovery software that supports APFS. Donemax Data Recovery for Mac is the best software that can work well with APFS. The article will show you the instruction to disable SIP and recover data in APFS.

disable SIP and recover data in APFS

There are different issues will lead to data loss on APFS drive on Mac. For example:

  • Deleted important files by mistake on APFS drive.
  • Lost data due to system crash, updating/resetting system.
  • APFS drive become inaccessible or corrupted.
  • Erase APFS drive accidentally.
  • Lost data due to data transfer being interrupted.
  • Data loss happen while unplugging the drive without ejecting it first.

Disable SIP in macOS before data recovery

SIP (System Integrity Protection) is a security feature introduced in the new macOS systems. With this feature, the system will restrict the access of third-party applications to system drive. The feature is enabled by default in Mac operating system. It will prevent any modifications to the system files and folders on your Mac.

Why do you need to disable SIP before data recovery? If you you want to recover lost data from a system APFS in macOS system, With the SIP feature enabled, you are not able to access and scan the drive directly with Mac data recovery software. In such a case, you have to disable SIP first.

Here are the steps to disable SIP as follows:

Step 1. Reboot the Mac, press and hold 'Command + R' key to boot your Mac into Recovery Mode.

Note: To enter recovery mode on a Mac with M1 processor, it is different. Please do as follows:

1) Shut down the Mac first. Then press and hold the power button.

2) When you see Apple logo, continue holding the power button.

3) After you see startup options, please select Options and click Continue.

4) Input your admin password when required and enter the Recovery Mode.

disable SIP and recover data in APFS

Step 2. Once in Recovery mode, click on Utilities -> Terminal.

disable SIP and recover data in APFS

Step 3. Type in the command csrutil disable in the command line windows and press Return.

disable SIP and recover data in APFS

After you disable SIP on your Mac machine, you can restart the Mac. Then you can use the data recovery software to scan the system APFS drive and recover data directly.

How to recover data from APFS drive with the software?

Here are only a few steps needed to recover lost data from APFS drive with Donemax Data Recovery for Mac. Please do as follows step by step.

Step 1. Download and install Mac data recovery software.

Before you recover data from APFS drive, please first download and install the software on your Mac. Here is the download for the software:

Step 2. Choose the APFS drive on which you lost data.

After launching the data recovery application, you can see all the drives connected on the Mac. Please check and choose the APFS from the drive list.

disable SIP and recover data in APFS

Step 3. Scan the APFS drive for the lost files.

Please click the “Scan” button to continue. The software will then scan the APFS drive automatically. It will search for the lost files deeply from the drive.

disable SIP and recover data in APFS

Step 4. Recover lost data from APFS drive.

It will take some time to finish the scan. You can then check the found files and only choose the wanted files to recover to another drive.

disable SIP and recover data in APFS

1. Don't add data to the APFS drive once data loss happens.
2. Save recovered files to another drive instead of the same drive.
3. It's better to recover lost files after the scan is done.

Donemax Data Recovery for Mac can also recover deleted/lost data from other file systems, including HFS/HFS+, ExFAT, FAT32, etc. Also, the software is compatible with the recent versions of operating systems ranges from Mac OS X 10.7 to the latest macOS 11. If you deleted or lost pictures, documents, videos, audio files, or any other files on your drive, you can download and have a try with this reliable data recovery software.

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Maria is one of the senior writers & editors of Donemax who lives and works in Sydney, Australia. She loves PC, Mac and Internet Technology. She has 6 years of writing articles about data recovery on PC/Mac, disk cloning solution, data eraser and computer OS optimization, etc. She is also interested in testing various software and digital products.