How to Recover Deleted Photo from Trash on Mac OS X?


Trash in Mac PC resembles to the recycle bin in Windows operating system. In Mac operating system the files which are deleted from the Finder of Mac are temporarily stored in trash. Trash is located at the root level of the drive and is an invisible folder in Mac OS X. “Desktop Folder” is called as root level drive in Mac. When you delete a file in Mac, it is temporarily held in an invisible folder known as trash. You are unable to view or access trash directory directly in Mac operating system graphical user interface. The default location of trash is root/user folder name/trash. Usually when you delete a file in Mac it is moved to trash. Later on whenever you feel that you need the file back you can easily restore it back from trash. There are instances when you accidently delete a image files using command + delete keys, then the file bypasses the trash instead of moving to trash, resulting in data loss. You can easily recover deleted photos from trash on Mac using good Mac file recovery software.

The image format used by professional digital cameras includes SR2, SRF, ORF, NEF etc. Data loss may occur accidentally due to many reasons on Mac OS X.

Some common reasons for deletion of image files from Mac Operating System are as follows;

Accidental Deletion: Accidental deletion of photos by pressing delete + command key combination or by emptying the Trash in Mac OS X results in loss of files.

Software virus: Viruses such as malware, spyware, adware etc, are the most widespread cause of data loss which takes place on hard drives of the system. This may cause data loss of important files and programs.

Re-partitioning the hard drive: When the size of an existing partition needs to be changed or a new partition needs to be created, re- partitioning is done. Improper re-partitioning process might corrupt the existing partitions and results in data loss.

Even if the files bypass the trash they are not permanently deleted. They are still present on the hard disk of the system until they are over written by any new data. You can avoid data loss by maintaining backup of your important data regularly. Regardless of the reason for data loss, Mac data recovery software helps to restore all your deleted, lost or missed files from Mac.

Apple Mac media file retrieval software is the best  application to recover data from deleted or missing volumes, formatted or re-formatted volumes and re-partitioned drives. It can also recover files which have bypassed the Trash. It uses the Universal Binary application, which helps the user work with both Intel and PowerPC Mac platforms. It has a very useful feature that helps you to find files from recovered data list within seconds using “Find-Tool”. It can also recover the data from the HFS+ and HFSX formatted Mac file system volumes. By using this software you can recover the deleted or lost pictures of various formats like JPEG, JPG, TIFF, TIF, PNG, BMP, GIF, PSD etc and it supports all various version of Mac OS X.

If the pictures are deleted from an externally connected storage device like a pen drive, then it will not be stored in Mac Trash. To restore deleted pictures from a pen drive, follow this link.

Steps to recover image files on Mac OS X:

Step 1: Download the demo version of Mac Recovery Software and install it. Begin the program by double clicking the desktop shortcut icon.

Step 2: From the main window select the “Recover Lost Photos” or “Recover Deleted Photos” option based on the photo loss scenario as shown in Figure 1.

Recover deleted photos selection

Figure 1: Select Recover Deleted Photos

Step 3: Select the appropriate volume from which you want to recover files from Trash in Mac OS X displayed in Figure 2 and click on “Next”.

Select Volume Screen

Figure 2: Select Volume 

Step 4: Once recovery process is complete you can view the recovered data as shown in Figure 3. You can preview the recovered files by selecting “Preview” option. You can save the recovery session if you are satisfied with recovery result by using “Save Recovery Session” option.

View recovered files

Figure 3: Preview Recovered Files

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