iPhoto Recovery: How to Recover Deleted Photos in iPhoto Library?

Can I Undelete Lost Photos from the iPhoto Library on Mac?

A moment ago, when I was editing photos in iPhoto library, my MacBook suddenly shut down. When I restarted it, I realized that all photos in my iPhoto library were disappeared. I didn't know what happened, but I really need my photos back. Can somebody tell me how to recover iPhoto library photos? Best regards.

Frankly speaking, iPhoto library photos can be lost due to accidental deletion, iPhoto library corruption, unknowing formatting of Mac partition/volume, system errors, or emptied iPhoto trash among other reasons. If you have another iPhoto library backup on your Mac, you can retrieve lost photos from it. Otherwise, you need to get an iPhoto recovery utility to help you. Here I would like to recommend three methods to help you recover photos from iPhoto library.

Note: Please do not utilize Recoverit photo recovery software to recover deleted photos from iPhone or phones without SD card.

Method 1: Recover deleted iPhoto photos with iPhoto recovery software

To recover deleted photos in iPhoto, I would like to recommend Recoverit for Mac, a capable iPhoto recovery program that is able to recover the iPhoto library as well as perform iPhoto trash recovery. No matter how photos were lost from your iPhoto library, you can get them back in a few clicks with this tool. Download the trail version below.

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Note: It is highly suggested to install the program in another partition of your Mac so as to avoid data overwriting.

Step 1. Select a data recovery mode to restore iPhoto

With Recoverit For Mac, you can select the "All-Around Recovery" option. It supports to recover lost data caused by any scenarios.. To recover deleted photos in iPhoto, please select "All-Around Recovery" first.

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Step 2. Select a location to scan

Now you just need to select the partition that you set your iPhoto library in, and click “Start” to begin scanning for lost photos.

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Step 3. Scan your device

The "All-Around Recovery" option will scan deeply and search more files from your device. It will take for a longer time to complete the scanning.

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Step 4. Preview and recover your data

Once the scanning was completed, you could switch between the Files and Tree view mode on the left pannel. Preview the files and click "Recover" button to get your data back.

Note: Please do not keep the recovered photos in the original partition.

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Method 2. Recover iPhoto library from trash

If your photos were accidentally dragged to the iPhoto trash and you could not drag them back to Mac desktop, you can go to your iPhoto trash, select those deleted photos and right click to select "Restore to iPhoto Library". Your iPhoto trash photos will be retrieved easily. If this method does not help, Recoverit for Mac can assist you.

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Method 3. Rebuild iPhoto library

First, quit iPhoto and re-open it. Press and hold the Command and Option keys when you click on the iPhoto icon. A dialog box will appear with rebuild options. Choose the options that you would like to use to rebuild the iPhoto library.

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Note: Recover Lost Mac Data under Mac OS X 10.13 (High Sierra)

Due to macOS High Sierra (macOS 10.13) requirement, Mac users are not allowed an access to the built-in system drive from any apps. Therefore, if you need to restore lost data from the system disk under macOS 10.13, please "disable System Integrity Protection" first.

How to disable "System Integrity protection"? Please follow the steps below.

Step 1Reboot the Mac and hold down"Command + R" keys simultaneously after you hear the startup chime, this will boot OS X into Recovery Mode.

Step 2When the "OS X Utilities" screen appears, pull down the "Utilities" menu at the top of the screen instead, and choose "Terminal".

Step 3In the "Terminal" window, type in "csrutil disable" and press "Enter" then restrart your Mac.

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