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: It is worth noting that Recoverit data recovery program isn't designed 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 Data Recovery 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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Your Safe & Reliable Mac Data Recovery Software

  • Recover lost or deleted internet history files, photos, audio, music, emails from any storage device effectively, safely and completely.
  • Supports data recovery from recycle bin, hard drive, memory card, flash drive, digital camera and camcorders.
  • Supports to recover data for sudden deletion, formatting, hard drive corruption, virus attack, system crash under different situations.

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

Step 1. Choose a file type to restore iPhoto

With Recoverit Data Recovery, you can select all fil types to start, or select the specify file type. To recover deleted photos in iPhoto, please select "Photo" first.

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Step 2. Scan the location of the iPhoto library for lost photos

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

Note: If it’s the partition formatting that`s causing the issue, please go to "Deep Scan" after a quick scan.

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Step 3. Recover lost photos from the iPhoto library

Found files will be displayed to the left of the window, and you will be able to preview found photos. Then you just need to select your lost photos and click “Recover” to save them back to your Mac.

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 Mac Data Recovery 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 restart your Mac.

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