Mac Photo Recovery: How to Recover Deleted Photos

No doubt losing precious photos is quite distressing. Take it easy please. This guide illustrates how to recover deleted photos on your Mac without or with Mac photo recovery software.

Hi all, I had deleted some photos on my Macbook and lost my external HDD with the photos backup. My only hope of getting my photos back is if I could rescue them from my Macbook. I am hoping some practical methods or a reliable Macbook photo recovery application to recover as many of these photos as possible. Does anyone have any idea or suggestion? Any help is much appreciated. Thank you!

Can You Recover Deleted Photos on Mac?

Just like the case, the fact that photos get lost becomes a commonplace and always leaves us deeply troubled. So is it possible for us to retrieve deleted photos? The answer is of course YES. Macbook photos can be lost due to accidental deletion, hard drive corruption, virus infection or OS malfunction. No matter why your pictures gets lost or deleted, they are still on your Macbook. The space they occupied is just marked as available for storage. This means that you can possibly recover deleted photos from Macbook before new data overwrites them.

Note: Please stop using the drive or folder where your deleted photos were originally located to avoid them being overwritten. Once overwritten, it is hardly likely to get the pictures back.

Part 1. What Can Mac Photo Recovery Software Do?

Mac photo recovery can be difficult. However, a reliable and safe Mac photo recovery application makes it much easier and least time-consuming. Take Recoverit Mac Photo Recovery software as an example. With the advanced software, you can recover your different formats of deleted photos with consummate ease, including JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF/TIF, BMP, PSD, ORF, RAF, MRW, RAW and more. It can also help you recover lost pictures from any storage devices, such as Macbook hard drive, digital camera, USB flash drive, memory cards, external hard drive and so on. Moreover, it supports to deep scan deleted photos and perform photo recovery due to various data loss scenarios, while Mac built-in utilities can't do it. Some of common ones on Macbook are as follows.

Accidental deletion

  1. "Shift + Del" without backup
  2. Emptying Trash without backup
  3. Deleting files by pressing "Delete" button

Other scenarios

  1. Unexpectedly formatted or crashed hard drive
  2. Virus infection
  3. Unexpected power outage
  4. Improper partition or partition error

Part 2. How to Restore Deleted Photos on Mac Trash

Usually speaking, after deleting photos on Macbook, you can still find and restore them in the Trash with simple clicks.

  1. Open the Trash to view all the photos you have deleted by clicking on the Trash icon.
  2. Enter the file name and find it through the Search box in the Finder window.
  3. Locate the photos you want and drag them to the target location for storage.
Recover deleted photos from Trash
If you are a Windows user and need to recover deleted photos, please refer to this guide: deleted photos recovery in Windows 7/8/10. If your hard drive gets formatted or corrupted, check our solutions for formatted hard drive recovery. And we also offers some recommendations of reliable photo recovery software for you.

Part 3. How to Find Deleted Photos in Recently Deleted Album

In order to avoid the permernant loss of important photos, Recently Deleted Album is designed on Mac to save all the deleted photos for 30 days. Mac users can take advantage of the built-in utility to find and recover their accidentally deleted pictures on Mac.

  1. Click File and then double click Show Recently Deleted to open the Recently Deleted album
  2. Select your wanted photos and then click "Recover" to get the selected pictures back.
Mac photo recovery from Recently Deleted

Points should be kept in mind on Mac photo recovery from Trash.

Part 4. How to Retrieve Deleted Pictures with Recoverit Photo Recovery

Recoverit Photo Recovery for Mac is a Macbook photo recovery application specially designed for this kind of use. Unlike photo recovery on Trash or Recently Deleted, you will be able to recover deleted photos on your Macbook without any time limitations. And even if the Trash is emptied, it can still help you get back the items on it without much effort. Apart from that, this tool offers you an option to preview the recoverable photos before restoring them.

You can download and install the free version of Recoverit Photo Recovery. Launch the Mac photo recovery program and follow the following steps to recover your pictures now!

Step 1. Select a data recovery mode

To recover deleted photos on Mac, you can go to select the "Deleted Files Recovery" mode to get started.

Select photo loss scenario

Step 2. Scan hard drive to search for lost images

Select the hard drive for your deleted files to start a quick scan. If you cannot find your data after the scan, you can go to scan again with "All-around Recovery" mode which will search more files and take more time.

Search lost photos

Step 3. Preview and recover photos from Macbook

After the scan, all found photos will be listed in the window. You will be able to preview them, select the wanted ones and click on "Recover" to save them on your Macbook.

Mac photo recovery

Tips on Mac Photo Recovery

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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