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I changed to apfs this morning and when I boot I get a circle with a line through it any way to fix I have important files on there.

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Then your data is most likely gone for good. You should not attempt to format a rotational hard drive as apfs. ESPECIALLY your boot drive.


Use recovery mode to try and reinstall macOS. If you can't get it bootable by reinstalling over itself, you're going to have to reformat the drive and re-install macOS from scratch.

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Nov 15, 2017 8:21 AM in response to RylesMp In response to RylesMp

I hope you have a backup...


How did you "change" to apfs? What kind of drive is it? (SSD, rotational hard drive, fusion drive? internal or external?)

When you upgrade to High Sierra, if you have a compatible SSD, it will automatically be updated to apfs. You should NOT manually attempt to convert a boot drive to apfs.

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Nov 15, 2017 8:26 AM in response to RylesMp In response to RylesMp

I did not know it was automatic and manually did it is there anyway to restore my files even if it gets rid of programs

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Nov 16, 2017 7:17 AM in response to RylesMp In response to RylesMp

Then your data is most likely gone for good. You should not attempt to format a rotational hard drive as apfs. ESPECIALLY your boot drive.


Use recovery mode to try and reinstall macOS. If you can't get it bootable by reinstalling over itself, you're going to have to reformat the drive and re-install macOS from scratch.

Nov 16, 2017 7:17 AM

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