#PSA: Mac Users Who Didn’t Upgrade To High Sierra Can Now Get Read Only Access To APFS Volumes

When macOS High Sierra came out last year, it introduced a new filesystem called Apple File System or APFS. When I looked at the filesystem in detail a while back, I noted that this filesystem could only be used and accessed by Macs running High Sierra. So if you were on an earlier version of macOS and you needed info off a APFS formatted USB stick, you were out of luck.

That has now changed thanks to the folks at Paragon Software. They have now come out with a piece of software called the APFS Retrofit Kit for macOS. It promises to give users of an older version of macOS read only access to an APFS volume. Which means that you can pull a document of a USB stick and save it to the local drive of your Mac for editing. The only catch is that the drive must not be encrypted which is understandable.

The APFS Retrofit Kit for macOS is free and is available for for OS X 10.10 through macOS 10.12. I should also note that Linux and Windows versions are also available. I will be doing a review of this product in the coming weeks, but in the meantime if you try this out, please leave a comment below and share your thoughts on this.


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