I have a MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012. Last day, the machine couldn't be started. When I tried to reboot a few times and Mac still showed me the prohibitory symbol at startup. I tried to reboot in safe mode.. but it wasn't working. So, I decided to boot into verbose mode and the last message I got is: "ERROR! Could not find APFS system volume handle".
I googled it to find out the problem and how to fix it.
The first result was "[Solved] ERROR! Could not find APFS system volume handle" by iBoysoft data recovery.
They suggested to Scan lost data by running a command on CMD terminal. The scanning process started and I was satisfied that the problem would be solved soon
After a couple of hours of scanning. A window popped up showing the recovered data folders. And there was an option to "recover" the data. I clicked on it thinking, "finally, it's done". But then another window popped up asking for a $99.99 purchase or enter the purchased license number.
I was not sure whether to go for it or not. I searched for it again on Google. Someone mentioned that after recovering the afps data, we have to
reinstall the OS. Which needs disk partition, for that the disk need to be erased. I restarted the machine and tried to reinstall the software without data recovery by iBoysoft.. and it worked!!
I don't know what's the point of recovering the data paying a hundred dollars when we have to erase the disk?