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Access APFS partitions from Windows

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Apple File System (APFS) is the new file system for macOS, iOS, and Apple devices. It was announced in Mac OS High Sierra operating system, as a replacement for HFS+. Windows doesn't support APFS file system. However, you can use PowerISO to read files from an APFS device or partition.

To access files in APFS device or partition, please follow the steps,

  • Connect the drive containing APFS partitions to the computer. The drive can be connected through USB port, internal SATA / IDE surface, and etc.

  • Run PowerISO, and choose "Files > Open USB drive / hard drive..." menu.

  • PowerISO shows "Open USB drive / hard drive" dialog. If you are using Windows Vista or above operating systems, you need confirm UAC dialog box to continue.

Select the correct drive from the drive list. The detailed information of the drive shows in the dialog, such as capacity, sector size, total sectors, and etc..

Click "OK" button in the dialog.

  • A dialog box will open showing all partitions in the selected drive. The partition type column shows "APFS" for an APFS partition. You can select the desired partition from the list and click "Open" button to open the selected partition. 

  • PowerISO will open the selected partition in the drive and list all files in the partition. To extract files in the APFS partition,  select the files in the list, and click "Extract" button. If no item is selected, all files in the APFS partition will be extracted.

  • The "Extract" dialog will open. Enter the extract destination folder, and press "OK" button to start extraction.

  • PowerISO will start extracting selected files and folders. You can access extracted files after the extraction completes. If the option "Open the folder after extraction" is checked, PowerISO will automatically open the destination folder when the extraction completes.


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