Photo Recovery for Mac

Mac Operating Systems has its own niche among its user as it’s very easy to use because of its user-friendly interface and it is more reliable, robust and fast. File system of Mac computer varies from that of Windows. It has file system of the type HFS, HFS+ and HFSX. Although the OS is reliable but yet there occurs loss of files and folders along with unintentional deletion. These files and folders can be audio, video, archive, word and even picture files. These types of mistakes can occur because of-

  • System Errors
  • Accidental Format
  • Bad Sectors
  • Corruption of Apple Partition table or map
  • Disk Initialization
  • MBR or Volume Header Corruption
  • Catalog File Corruption

In Mac personal computer when a photo or image file is deleted permanently by emptying the trash, performing “Cmd + Del” key operation or by using commands on the Terminal point, usually the file name and folder is erased by the system and hence is said to be permanently deleted. But this is a misconception, as the pictures are still present in the system’s hard drive. Mac machines are being crafted with the best photo editing tool, which makes our images more appealing. This article provides user the knowledge on how to restore a photo file on Mac system in case they are accidentally deleted or lost due certain reasons. We shall also go through some scenarios under which there can be a severe loss and deletion of photo files.

There can be situation when user might sometime accidentally while attempting to change the settings of the iPhoto library might have altered the data of AlbumData.xml file and this makes the image file non-responsive and results into photo loss. Have you ever been into such panic-stricken situation? Or have you ever accidentally deleted photos from your precious Mac system? Worried on how to recover photos on Mac machines? Relax! Hit the download button and restore deleted image files along with lost pictures and albums back to your local machines.

Situation where photo recovery for Mac is needed-

  1. Crashed iPhoto Library- We all are aware that Apple system’s iPhoto library is natively based on AlbumData.xml file which helps us to search the albums and photos stored within it in iPhoto library. We do not have the authorization to make changes in the AlbumData.xml, only iPhoto can write and change the information written in the AlbumData.xml. Our machine’s iPhoto Library can be crashed in case we try to modify the settings or change the contents of AlbumData.xml file. Under this circumstance our system sometimes displays an error message saying “The data file for this library is malformed”, which makes the image files inaccessible and thereby results in loss of valuable and memorable clicks. It becomes a hectic issue especially for the designers when their .psd files get missing from the System’s local storage device. This utility can very efficiently and easily restore Photoshop file from the system.
  2. Corrupt iPod Firmware- Our iPods may succumb or freeze suddenly due to severe corruption of iPod Firmware. All the accommodated image files and other different types of media files refuse to mount and becomes inaccessible to us. This immovability leads to the loss of important photo files.
  3. Accidental Restoration of iPod- Apple’s iPod Touch is now the best gaming platform in existence.  Lots of people freak out when they grasp one of these digital media devices. The most amazing feature of this gaming device is one can easily install Android into their iPod. All our precious photo files may vanish into ether if we select the “Restore / Reset OS” option.
  4. Human Errors- Human errors include faulty file transfer issues like Cut-Paste operation, accidental deletion of images from the computer’s volume or by accidentally bypassing the Trash.
    • Faulty Transfer Issues- This type of error takes place when we try to transfer some of the treasured click into our external storage device from our local machine or iPod. In hurry we may press the Delete button or option on the screen after selecting the Cut option. These may lead to deletion of entire folder or particular files.
    • Accidental Deletion- Our most priceless clicks of childhood days or recent vacation trip may get deleted from our system when we accidental delete it using the “Cmd + Del” key or we delete it from the Terminal point using the “rm” and “rm-rf” keys. It is to be noted that after performing this type of errors it is not worthy to search for the deleted clicks in the Trash as it won’t be dumped out there. All we need to do is opt for a user-friendly and robust recovery kit.

Features of this recovery tool-

This digital photo recovery application helps us to restore all the deleted / lost from iPhoto library, system’s hard disc drive, external memory cards or storage devices. It is also designed in a special manner to retrieve deleted / lost images files or precious albums from HFS+, HFSx, FAT 16 and FAT 32 volumes. It uses the new and advanced technology to recover more 50 different types of media files. This amazing tool can also recover photos from formatted hard drive partition that too in few minutes. To know how actually it helps to recover photos from formatted partition, visit:

It has certain additional advantage as it can undelete captured clicks from the high-definition still cameras like Sony, Samsung, Canon, Olympus, Nikon and many others. It has built-in special algorithm which thoroughly searches and rescues different type of image files such as JPEG, PNG, CRW, ARW, GIFF, BMP, PSD and RAW etc.

It can excellently recover images from SD card by scanning the entire device within fraction of time. Its trial version can be downloaded from this page and can be used to recover the deleted / lost photos.

Guideline to perform photo recovery for Mac-

Step 1: Download and install the software for Windows and Mac Os into your system. Once downloaded, user needs to launch the software in their local machine. After you launch the software, user needs to select the option "Recover Photos" on the main screen and hit the next button for their different versions of Mac Operating System.

Main Screen

Step 2: As soon the second window pops out, you need to hit the "Recover Lost Photos" button to restore back lost photos on your computer and proceed further. In case you want to retrieve deleted image files the click on the button "Recover Deleted Photos" and proceed ahead.

Second Screen

Step 3: On proceeding further in the second screen, you need to select the appropriate physical or logical drive from the option displayed in the new window from which you want to perform the recovery process.


Step 4: On clicking the next button in the second screen, you need to select the particular file type from the option displayed in the new window which you want to recover after selecting the physical or logical drive.

File Type

Step 5: After selecting the particular drive a scanning process begins that thoroughly and randomly scans all your files and folders in order to retrieve the lost pictures. After the seraching process gets completed you can preview the recovered images either in data type view or in file type view and save the recovery session if satisfied.


Useful Tips-

It is strongly recommended not to perform any read or write operation of any new data into the storage device after picture loss because; it may lead to permanent loss of  lost pictures by overwriting them with the new data.

It is advisable to restore the lost pictures as soon as possible after they are lost by using some reliable recovery tool for Mac system. This is because if the pictures are stored in a storage space on your hard drive that is being frequently used by the operating system like C drive, Desktop or My document folders, then it may overwrite the lost images leading to permanent loss.

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