Things You Should Know If You are New to Mac

So you’ve finally made the decision and switched to a ‘Mac’ system after much thought. There are a couple of things you should know before using a Mac and here in this guide, we provide some helpful tips.

  1. You may find the keyboard different

If you are a Windows user and switched to Mac, you will find that the keyboard is very different. You will need some time to get acquainted with the new keyboard and learn shortcuts. Here are a few tips that may help you.

Please note that the Control key is replaced by Command, so use the Command key in place of Control. Even though there is a Delete key on a Mac, you can’t use it to delete files or folders, instead press Backspace + Apple keys to delete folders. Use Command + Tab keys to switch between applications on a Mac.

  1. iCloud

iCloud is one of the best things about using a Mac. It’s a single space to store your photos, videos, movies, music, documents, etc. and you can access this from all Apple devices. iCloud also has a built-in share feature that lets you share photos, videos etc., with your family and friends.

  1. Spotlight

The spotlight is a fancy term for the ‘Search’ feature. You can use Spotlight to search for files, documents, pictures, music on your computer. What’s more is that it can also be used to search the web such as ‘look for directions’ or ‘look for emails from a particular person’. You can also use it for basic math calculations or conversions.

  1. Installing apps

Although your Mac comes with a set of applications already installed with iLife Suite, you may still need some other software. To install new applications on your Mac, download it and drag the folder to the Applications folder.

Your Mac will take care of the rest of the installation processes without you having to worry about it.

  1. Know where your apps are saved

You will find the most recently used applications on the dock that is located at the bottom of your screen.

But if you don’t find an application you’re looking for in the dock, you can easily search for it in the Spotlight and drag it to the dock. This way you can have easy access to the applications you need.

  1. Backups

This is probably the best part about using a Mac. You have access to Time Machine, which can be used to back up your files on an external hard drive. All you need is to set up Time Machine and your Mac will take care of backing up your files on a regular basis.

If at any time you find that you’ve lost some of your files during a cleanup or a third party tool, Time Machine can be used to recover them. But one problem with Time Machine is that it deletes old files to make the place for new ones. If you’ve lost files due to this reason, you can use data recovery tools such as Yodot Recovery to your rescue.

It is a wonderful tool to recover deleted files and folders that are stored on external hard drives or other storage devices such as USB flash drives, SD cards etc. It can recover accidentally deleted files, files deleted due to third-party tools or files lost during transfer. You can also use the tool to recover accidentally deleted time machine backup. Download a trial version of Yodot and try it out for free!

How to Roll Back your Windows 10 Upgrade

Many users are not happy after upgrading to Windows 10. They complain about incompatible programs, driver issues and express dissatisfaction in general.

If you’re someone who has problems using Windows 10 and doesn’t wish to continue using it, you can consider rolling back to Windows 7 or 8.1. Thanks to Microsoft, this option is available and in this article, we will walk you through the process of rolling back and make the transition easy.

Steps to rollback to Windows 7 or 8.1 from Windows 10

  1. Click on the Windows icon on your computer and type Settings in the search bar
  2. Open Settings and select Update & Security
  3. Here you will find various options such as Windows Update, Backup, Activation, Recovery and Windows Defender. Click on Recovery and proceed
  4. Here you will find 3 options:
  • Reset PC: This option is used to reinstall Windows and to reset your PC completely
  • Go back to the previous version of Windows: This option is available for only 30 days after upgrading to Windows 10. Using this you can roll back your PC to an older Windows version
  • Advanced Startup: Use this option if you want to boot from another device or restore a System Image.
  1. From the 3 options, select Go back to the previous version of Windows. At this point, you will be given a choice of whether to ‘Keep your files’ or ‘Remove everything’. If you select ‘Keep your files’ option, the system will keep your files, but the latter will remove all files, apps, and settings.
  2. Next, Microsoft will ask you a reason for going back. Select a reason and provide feedback for Windows 10
  3. Connect your PC to a power source and proceed with the process as it may take a while.

Once the process is completed, you will be back to the previous version of Windows automatically.

Note: Make sure you know the password for your previous version of Windows as you will need it to log in to your system.

Backup your data

Before you make any changes to your OS like upgrading to downgrading to other versions, always remember to back up your files as you may lose data during the process.

Usually, when you upgrade your Windows, data from the previous Windows version is stored in a folder called Windows.old. But if you have used a Disk Cleaner to clean your PC, this folder may be deleted and you may not be able to retrieve your files.

In order to recover deleted Windows.old folder, you can use professional data recovery tools such as Yodot hard drive recovery. The software can also be used to recover all your partitions and data after upgrading of Windows, reinstalling Windows or formatting your system.

How does Yodot Hard Drive Recovery work?

The software scans your drive sector-wise and recovers data. The benefit of using this software is that after recovery, the structure and content of your files are retained. Download a trial version and try the product for free!

‘System Restore’ not Working – Fix It for Windows

‘System Restore’ is a reliable troubleshooting method that is usually used when your PC has problems after making changes such as an upgrade or after installing drivers. Using System Restore will undo the changes made and restore your PC to a time when it was working fine.

But what if System Restore throws an error? It can happen when it is not setup properly or when other software interferes. In this article, we explain some simple yet effective solutions to resolve issues with system restore.

Solution 1: Use a different restore point

It is possible that the current restore point in use is corrupted or damaged as a result of which System Restore is throwing errors. In such cases, using a different restore point may help resolve the issue.

To use a different restore point, you can follow the steps below.

  1. In the Start menu, search for System Restore. Select ‘Create a restore point’ from the results.
  2. This will open a System Properties dialogue; here select the System Protection tab
  3. Click on System Restore

In the list of restore points, select a ‘restore point’ different from the one selected above and proceed with the on-screen instructions

If this fix doesn’t work, you can try using System Restore in ‘safe mode’ as explained in the next solution.

Solution 2: Use Safe Mode

Safe Mode opens System Restore or any desired program with a minimum set of drivers and settings. If the program works fine in Safe Mode, you can trace the issue down to programs like antivirus or drivers. Repairing them will immediately solve your issues in most cases.

  1. In the Start menu, search for Recovery and select Recovery Options from the results
  2. Click on Restart Now in the Advanced Startup section
  3. When the system restarts, select Troubleshoot from the menu displayed
  4. Then click on Advanced Options > Startup settings > Restart
  5. Upon restart, press F4 or 4 to start your PC in safe mode

Now that you’ve entered safe mode, type ‘Recovery’ in the Start menu and select Recovery Options. Then restore your PC from the desired point in the usual manner and check if it works.

If it works in Safe Mode, the issue is with likely with software on your PC. For instance, it could be an anti-virus program that is causing trouble. You could try disabling the anti-virus temporarily and check if it’s the culprit.

Solution 3: Delete old restore points

Deleting previous restore points can help clean your PC and solve issues. To do so, follow the steps below.

  1. Search for ‘Disk Cleanup’ in the Start menu and select it
  2. Select ‘C:’ drive from the drop-down menu and select Cleanup System Files
  3. Select the More Options tab > under System Restore and Shadow Copies, click on Cleanup
  4. In the warning pop-up that appears, click on ‘Delete’ to proceed. Proceeding with this will delete all restore point except the last one.

Solution 4: Reset your PC

If none of the above methods work, you can use ‘Reset your PC’ as a last resort. This tool completely reinstalls the OS and lets you start fresh, thus helping you resolve most problems.

But before you use ‘Reset this PC’, make sure you have a backup of all files as a precaution.

Once, you have a backup, follow the steps below to perform a reset.

  1. Click on Start menu and select Settings
  2. Choose Update & Security > Recovery
  3. Under Reset, This PC, select Get Started

Once you select ‘Reset this PC’, you will be given an option to ‘save your files’ or ‘remove everything’. Please note that even if you select ‘save my files’, it is still advisable you have a backup. Wait for a few minutes and your PC should be installed with a fresh OS.

If a situation arises that you have ‘Rest your PC’ and no backup is available, it is possible to recover data with the help of data recovery tools such as Yodot Recovery. You can use the software to recover data after performing a reset or to recover files after a system restore.

The software is available on both Windows and Mac machines with support for all new versions. Download a free trial and check out the software today!

How to Fix “Getting Windows ready, don’t turn off your computer” Problem

After updating Windows, you may encounter a message ‘Getting Windows ready, don’t turn off your computer’. Usually, this goes off after a while, but sometimes it stays for a longer time and your computer gets stuck at the same screen. This poses a problem as you cannot access your PC during this time. To help you resolve the error, we’ll provide you with some helpful tips in this article.

Solution 1: Wait for 1-2 hours

If your screen is stuck at ‘Getting Windows ready, don’t turn off your computer’, the safest solution is to wait for 2 hours. Your Windows may be working in the background to complete certain tasks such as installing necessary files and completing updates. Ideally, the issue should be resolved by waiting; however, if after 2 hours, you’re stuck at the same screen, you can try other troubleshooting steps discussed below.

Solution 2: Shut down your PC

Disconnect all external devices and turn ‘OFF’ you’re PC by pressing the ‘power’ button. After doing this, your PC should be able to restart normally without any problems. However, if your PC has problems starting, you can proceed to the next solution.

Solution 3: Run SFC /SCANNOW

‘SFC’, short for ‘System File Checker’; is used to restore corrupt system files and help Windows function normally. To run ‘SFC’, you will have to go through command prompt.

This can be done in 2 methods – one is using ‘Windows installation media’ and other is using ‘recovery mode’ on your system.

  1. If you have a ‘Windows installation disc’, insert it and ‘restart’ your computer
  2. Boot from the disc and select ‘Repair your computer’
  3. Click on ‘Troubleshoot’ and select ‘Command Prompt’

If you don’t have a ‘Windows installation disc’, you can also go through the ‘recovery mode’ by ‘restarting’ your computer and hitting the ‘F8’ key. Then click on ‘Repair your computer’. In the ‘recovery options’ provided, select ‘Command Prompt’ and proceed.

After you have entered ‘Command Prompt’ using one of the methods explained above, type ‘sfc /scannow’ and hit ‘Enter’. This command will scan for corrupt system files and restore them. Once the process is complete, you should be able to boot the system without any issues.

If none of the above methods work, you can use ‘System Restore’ to restore your computer to a previous point when things worked fine. But for this feature to work, you need to have it enabled beforehand.

However, if you don’t have ‘System Restore’ enabled, you can ‘reinstall OS’ entirely to start fresh. But before you do this, you need to have a complete backup of your system as all your data will be lost during the reinstallation process.

Data recovery using Yodot Recovery Software

If you don’t have a backup data and your data is lost during a system restore or during reinstallation, data recovery tools are your best option to restore your data. Tools such as Yodot Recovery are great to recover your data after OS reinstallation or after a system restore. You can also use the software to recover files after factory reset.

The software is designed with a simple interface to simplify data recovery for all users. All you have to do is download the tool and follow simple on-screen instructions to recover your data in minutes.

How to Fix Start-up Problems with the Windows Start Up Repair Tool

Windows startup repair is one of the tools in System Recovery menu used when the system does not boot normally. It is designed to fix damaged or missing system files that are necessary for booting the system normally. You can access this tool on your system or on the Windows installation disc.

Method 1: Access startup repair from recovery menu

If your PC doesn’t start, you can access Windows startup repair tool by following the steps below.

  1. Restart your system and choose a boot option. In Windows 10 and Windows 8, keep pressing F11 until the ‘Choose an Option’ screen appears.
  2. Next click on Troubleshoot > Advanced Options
  3. From the advanced options menu, select Startup repair

Now the tool scans your drive and attempts to fix errors, so your computer can boot normally. If the repair is successful, you will receive a success message. If not, you may have to run the tool again depending on the error.

If the repair is still not successful, Startup repair may suggest that you perform a system restore.  You can proceed if you prefer, if not click Cancel to stop the process.

If you want more details about the process undertaken by Start-up repair, click on ‘View diagnostic and repair details’.

However, sometimes you may not be allowed to access Startup repair from the boot. In such cases, you can use the Windows installation CD/DVD to access startup repair. This is explained in detail in the next section.

Method 2: From Windows installation media

You can access startup repair from the Windows installation media as well. If you don’t have it handy, Microsoft allows you to download and copy it to a USB or DVD.

  1. Insert the installation media into the system that cannot boot normally
  2. You will receive a message ‘Press any key to boot from DVD’. Watch out for that and press any key appropriately.
  3. In Windows 10 and 8, click on Repair your computer in the bottom left corner
  4. Then click on Troubleshoot > Startup repair

Now Windows will run Startup Repair and fix problems issues associated with system files that help the computer boot and work normally.

If this does not work, you will have to reinstall Windows entirely and check if your system can boot. Of course, if there are physical issues with hardware, this may not be helpful.

Using a Windows installation media start-up repair, you can also fix errors such as ‘Bootmgr is missing’. However, if you have lost data due to these errors or while performing some of these procedures and there is no backup available, you can use data recovery tools such as Yodot data recovery software. It is a comprehensive hard drive recovery software that can be used to recover data and partitions. For detailed steps on recovering data refer ‘Bootmgr is missing’ guide.

Solve Desktop Refers to A Location That Is Unavailable Error

Worried about the error which tells you that location is not available when you are trying to access your desktop. Message will appear like this-

The first thing which you have to do is getting your data from the unavailable desktop before trying to fix this error. And, Yodot File Recovery software helps you out. Download, install and run the software on your computer. When the main screen appears, select Lost File Recovery option and follow the on-screen instructions. Once you safeguard your data, do as follows in order to fix desktop refers to a location that is an unavailable error.

Important Tip: Yodot File Recovery software helps to recover data in various situation. You can make use of this tool to recover load data after accidental computer shutdown, formatting, factory reset and in many more situation.

Fixes to Solve Desktop Refers to A Location That Is Unavailable Error?

Solution 1: Copy the Desktop folder path under Users to the target location

You will get this error due to incorrect and unavailable desktop location. Hence, go to USER and look for Desktop folder. Copy this folder and paste it into the location –C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile.

After successfully pasting the desktop folder into the above-mentioned path. Restart your computer.

Solution 2: Using Registry Editor to Change Desktop Location

Change Desktop location by altering Windows Registry. To change desktop location using registry follow the below guidelines:

  1. Open Run window and type regedit and hit enter
  2. Search for HKEY_CURRENT_USER section in the left pane and expand it.
  3. Click on Software and then go to Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders.
  4. Ensure that User Shell Folders is highlighted in the left pane and double click on Desktop.
  5. Ensure that the value is either %USERPROFILE%\Desktop or C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Desktop under Value data
  6. Hit OK and exit from Registry Editor

Now, reboot your computer and check whether an error is fixed or not.

Solution 3: With the help of Task Manager

If none of the methods are useful for fixing desktop refers to a location is unavailable, then try out the following method: –

  1. Open a new user account
  2. And, open Task Manager using Ctrl + Alt + Delete button
  3. Select Process tab and look for explorer.exe
  4. When you find explorer.exe, kill it
  5. Select Applications tab and then New Task
  6. Enter explorer.exe and hit enter

It may fix the error that occurs while trying to access Desktop. In case, it doesn’t fix the error, then boot into safe mode and navigate to Troubleshoot window and select advanced start option to restart your computer. Now, you might not get the desktop is not available error.

How do I Solve – Windows Automatic Repair not Working

When the operating system fails to boot, then Windows tries to repair the issue with the recovery feature – Automatic Repair. However, there are times when Automatic Repair fails to work, and you end up looking for ways to resolve the issue. Now you must be wondering why Automatic Repair fails to work. It could happen when the file system integrity becomes corrupted, or when Boot Configuration Data goes missing. So when Automatic Repair fails to repair, you get these error messages –

  • Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC
  • Windows couldn’t load correctly

So when this happens you would be worried that Windows system cannot be fixed as Automatic Repair itself fails to work. Don’t worry; we tell you how to fix the issue.

  • Restore system

One of the most effective ways to fix Windows Automatic Repair not working problem is to restore it to its normal state. You need to click on the Restore button to restore the system to its previous state. When clicked, Windows starts to revert to the previous state and reboot. When you perform the system restore, data present in the system gets erased. So you need to backup files before going for a system restore.

However, if you don’t have a backup copy, then you can make use of Hard Drive Recovery software to restore data from the drive. This tool also helps to recover missing DDL files in Windows, lost data after repartition, reformat, hard drive crash, and so on.

  • Run CHKDSK

Sometimes, even after system restore, you would still be stuck with the startup repair infinite loop. Under this situation, you can try to run CHKDSK command to troubleshoot the problem.

  • Insert Windows bootable drive to the computer and boot
  • Select the preferred language, hit Next
  • Click Repair
  • Now choose Troubleshoot
  • Click Command Prompt
  • Type chkdsk /r and hit Enter
  • Type exit and hit Enter
  • Restart your system and see if the error message is fixed

Now you know how to fix Windows Automatic Repair not working problem. Hope this helps.

Everything You Need to Know about Memory Cards (Class 10 or 4 Which Is Best?)

Nowadays, most (almost everyone) people carry smartphone, MP3 player, digital camera, pocket camcorder, etc., gadgets with them. And, memory cards fulfill the need of additional storage on these devices; makes our digital life better. Thus, a memory card is the must thing you have, no matter what digital device you are using.

But, selecting and buying memory cards is a very frustrating practice, due to the availability of various cards each with a different class, price, and feature.

But, now it’s not the scene what was there earlier about memory cards. Here is everything you need to know about memory cards including their classes! And, definitely, you won’t face any dilemma in choosing the best memory card after reading this article.

Memory Card Formats:

The two common card formats are Secure Digital (SD) and CompactFlash (CF) cards. SD card best suits for all cameras from point-and-shoot to pro digital. Even smaller SD card i.e. micro SD is available for HD camcorders and aerial cameras.

CF cards are very tough and durable, and commonly they find a place in pro DSLRs and cinema cameras.

Many of the recent cameras offer dual memory card slots, one for SD card and one for CF card. If your camera has two slots, then you can choose both SD and CF card. The main benefit of dual slots is when one card is full camera continues to record onto another.

Memory Card Read and Write Speed

The speed of a memory card depends on both its Read and Write speed. “Write speed” means how fast files are saved to the card. And, “Read speed” indicates how quickly files can be read/fetched from a card (this plays a major role when it comes to transferring data from card to computer.

Normally, read speed is more than write speed. But, practically write speed is undoubtedly important. Thus, you need your memory card to have both high read and write speeds, especially if you deal with creating largely sized (HD or lengthy) digital data.

There is no doubt in the factor that speed is the essential aspect of shooting videos. Thus, CFast 2.0 cards are the current cream of the crop when it comes to speed.

Initially, CFast cards offered 450MB/sec read speed and 350MB/sec write speed. Currently, these cards offering 500MB/sec (XQD) and 600MB/sec (CFast). These are ideal for 4K and video shooting.

Add-On: Lost or deleted important files from your SD card? No worries! Here is how you can easily restore data from SD card that too in few minutes.

 Memory Card Size

Obviously! Memory cards come in a variety of sizes. Older memory cards were restricted to few megabytes, but newer cards range up to 64 GB. Few latest memory card generations offer even 512 GB capacity. You can easily find a memory card’s capacity on top of it.

The required capacity of a memory card depends on what video you shoot, camera resolution, compression option, type of file you shoot etc.

Memory Card Class

“Class” is the measure of memory card’ speed (for manufacturers use). There is no standard or defined (exact) speed associated with the memory card classes, but, they are indeed in choosing the best memory card for your device.

And, there are four different speed classes of memory card- 10, 6, 4, and 2.

10 class is the fastest one, where 2 is the slowest class. Typically, class 10 is the best fit for “full HD video recording” and “HD still consecutive recording”. Where class 2 is apt for standard definition video recording.

Both, classes 4 and 6 are appropriate for high-definition video recording.

Probably, you might feel class 4 or class 6 card is perfect for the digital cameras, smartphones, or tablets. Class 10 cards are perfect if you are into the creation of high-resolution videos or RAW photos. Class 2 cards are now outdated. So, better if you avoid them.

A card’s class can be identified by seeing the card, from its specifications listing or its packaging. If you see no class symbol on the card, then it belongs to class 0 (invented before the introduction of speed class rating system) and the card is slower than class 2 card.


Key Tips for Choosing Memory Cards are,

1.     What card your camera/device supports

2.     Your required read and write speed of the card

3.     Maximum capacity on the card you need

4.     Which class memory card you need



Fix – The Drive where Windows is Installed is Locked

Whenever you get an error message in Windows, or if something goes wrong, you immediately refresh or restart the computer to fix the issue. However, sometimes, you would find this dreaded blue screen error message – “The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again”.

This error usually occurs in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. It happens when an important system file is corrupted or goes missing. Maybe after Windows OS upgrade, BCD file might be corrupted. Whatever the reason may be, you can fix the error – ‘The drive where Windows is installed is locked’. Here are a few methods listed:

Fix 1: Refresh computer

  • Restart your system
  • Now boot from the Windows 10, 8, or 8.1 installation media (DVD or USB drive)
  • Next click Repair your computer
  • Now click on Troubleshoot followed by Refresh your PC
  • Follow the instructions to complete the process

Fix 2: Disconnect additional hard drives

Many Windows users have observed that ‘The drive where Windows is installed is locked’ error occurs when there is more than one hard drive on the PC. You have to disconnect the additional hard drives to see if this fixes the problem. Remove the additional hard drive and check if the problem is solved.

Fix 3: Check if hard drive is connected properly

Sometimes, when your hard disk drive is not connected properly, even when you receive this error message. So make sure that the hard drive is properly connected. Just open the computer case locate hard drive, and see if the cables are connected tightly. Also, see if the hard disk is connected to the motherboard properly.

Fix 4: Fix Boot records

There are times when ‘The drive where Windows is installed is locked’ error occurs due to the corruption of BCD file in Windows. You can fix this issue using bootrec.

  • Insert Windows installation media and reboot your computer
  • In the install screen, click on Repair your computer feature
  • Go to Troubleshoot – Advanced Options – Automatic Repair – Command Prompt
  • Now type the following in command prompt

bootrec /RebuildBcd

bootrec /fixMbr

bootrec /fixboot

  • After running these commands, reboot your system
  • Now check if the error message is fixed

Hopefully one of these methods should fix the error ‘The drive where Windows is installed is locked’. Suppose the error is still not fixed in spite of trying all these, then Windows system repair disk can be used to fix the issue. Also, sometimes if you go wrong with any step during the fixing process, then there are chances of losing data from Windows drive. Don’t worry, under such a situation you can make use of Yodot Hard Drive Recovery tool to recover data. Suppose you have performed Diskpart CLEAN on Windows and lost data, even then you can recover data after Diskpart Clean with the help of this software. Apart from this, the tool also comes handy to restore files after hard drive crash, repartition, corruption, etc.

Everything You Need to Know About New Apple File System (APFS)

The most surprising thing about Apple’s Mac OS is that it relied on a file system till 2017, which was developed ago 3 decades. Yes! The Mac was using a file system that is developed during the era where floppy disks and spinning drives were accepted as cutting-edge elements.

And, this year- 2017 is going to be the landmark year for Mac users since it has debuted the new file system – Apple File System (APFS) – through iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4.

If you are wondering how this Apple File System is going to make our life better, what are the enhancements you can get through it? then, here is everything you need to know about the new Apple File System (APFS), regardless of Apple device you own.

Aces of Apple File System (APFS):

  1. One Roof for All Your Apple Gadgets:

The biggest plus point of this new file system is that APFS can swap all the file systems which are in effect (i.e. currently running file system across Apple platforms).

This new APFS is compatible with iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

  1. Strong Encryption:

The next astonishing advantage of APFS is it’s built to touch the encryption thought in mind. In simple words, I can describe that APFS combines both full disk encryption (foremost feature bring into being in the latest versions of Mac OS) and discrete data protection (a feature of iOS that encrypts each individual files).

This enhancement perfectly meets the expectation of Apple’s focus on privacy and security. And, in APFS you are free to choose among three main options- 1) no encryption, 2) single-key encryption and 3) multi-key encryption, each provided with the per-file key for file data and a single key for whole sensitive metadata.

  1. Boosted to Meet Current Apple Device’s Need:

Apple’s former file systems like HFS+ are aimed at systems (manly computers) with several drives that cope large files. And, iOS platforms aren’t a priority for these traditional file systems.

But, this APFS is fully optimized for devices, which use flash and solid-state storage (most of the Apple products that come today). The new Apple File System is built with a vision that meets your expectations, makes it beneficial for all mobile devices like iPhones, iPads and Smart Watches.

  1. Enormous Data Handling Capability:

APFS provisions 64-bit inode numbers, where 32-bit file IDs are supported by HFS+ currently. 64-bit inode numbers mean, the APFS has the capacity to handle more than 9 quintillion files on a particular volume.

Add-On: Lost or deleted files accidentally on your Mac? Time machine backup is not available to restore the lost/erased files? Then try Yodot Mac File Recovery once and see the result.

Besides, APFS’ extensible block allocator, permits “arbitrarily bulky storage” on an individual volume. Also, APFS sets data structures only when it is obligatory to advance the performance of large volumes, whereas HFS+ initializes the entire storage.

  1. Long-lasting Mechanism:

This new file system is built to last longer like its predecessor. Yes! Apple planned to use this APFS for next several years, and all necessary steps are taken to ensure that APFS is capable to handle anything (probable issues) it experiences in the future. Thus, you can opt it without any anxiety.

Apart from above-listed features, APFS boasts 1-nanosecond timestamps (where one-second timestamps are presented by HFS+), maintenance space-saving sparse files (where HFS+ does not), and employs a novel copy-on-write metadata scheme to make sure file system updates are crash-safe.


Even though APFS is pretty awesome, it is not picture-perfect. Even it comes with a number of constraints like.

  • A user can’t use APFS on startup disks or Fusion Drives
  • Filenames are case-sensitive
  • APFS formatted hard drives are not detected by OS X 10.11 Yosemite and earlier edition of Mac, hence data transmission between older Mac and an APFS drive is not possible.

How to Get This New APFS?

Moving to this new Apple File System is unbelievably simple. You don’t need to back up data or don’t need to start with a fresh OS installation. All you need to do is install iOS 10.3 on your device and all your information will be automatically switched over there.