Mac Photo Recovery for External Drive

An External hard drive is a hard disk used to store valuable data and is located outside of the computer, hence it add a considerable level of safety and security. For any sensitive data, it can be unplugged from the computer and stored in a secure location. When required, you can simply plug it back and all the data is available again. It�s becoming popular day by day, due to its portable size and a large storage capacity which can range from 80GB to a terabyte of storage. Some of the large-scale manufacturers of external hard drives are Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, Samsung, etc. External hard drives can be used to store media files like photos, music and video files.



Imagine a situation where you have lost all your memorable photos stored in external hard drive, due to some unwanted reasons. It will be very painful for anyone to lose valuable photos. Some of the reasons which cause loss of photos are:

  • Accidental deletion of photos from external hard drives (using command+delete option), USB drives, iPhoto library (using "Delete original" option), memory cards, camcorders, USB flash drives.
  • Accidentally formatting the external drive may lead to loss of photos.
  • While transferring photos from one drive to another, if the power failure occurs, it may causes loss of data.
  • Corruption of external hard drive due to virus attack or due to improper removal of the drive.
  • Using same memory card in various digital cameras may result in data loss
  • Unplugging external hard drive, memory card abruptly while copying process is going on, may lead to data loss.

To perform Mac deleted photo recovery, an effective recovery tool i.e. Mac Photo Recovery is required. This recovery utility has an in-built algorithm for the faster and deeper scanning of media files like popular photos, music, video files and also RAW photos generated by professional cameras like Canon (CR2), Nikon (NEF), Sony (ARW, SR2), Sigma (X3F), etc. This software can be used for the purpose of Mac photo recovery for external dive such as SATA, SCSI, IDE, etc and also works on memory cards, camcorders, flash drives such as SD, XD, MMC, etc. Go to the page by clicking the link:

Mac Recovery software can also be used for Mac picture recovery from formatted USB drive. It is capable of recovering music files of formats like MP3, WAV, MIDI, etc and video file formats like AVI, MOV, MPG, MP4, etc. You can restore deleted photos from digital camera after accidental deletion, virus attack, unintentional formatting & rapidly clicking photos from your digital camera. It is compatible with the latest versions of Mac OS X including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion. After recovery, the software preserves the original file name and sorts the recovered data on the basis of file name, size and other attributes. This recovery tool works on Mac file systems such as HFS+ and HFSX.

Steps on how to recover photos from external drive on Mac:

Step 1: Download the software and install on your PC to retrieve pictures from external hard drive on Mac. Launch the software by double clicking the shortcut icon or from the application folder. The main screen will appear as shown in Fig. A.

Mac Photo Recovery for external Drive � Main Screen

Figure A: Main Screen

Step 2: Select "Recover Photos" option from the main screen, next screen will appear as highlighted in the Fig. B. Now select either "Recover Deleted Photos" or "Recover Lost Photos" depending upon your requirements.

Mac Photo Recovery for external Drive � Choose Recovery Option

Figure B: Choose Recovery Option

Step 3: After selecting any one of the option from previous screen, a new screen, for selecting a disk / volume, will appear as shown in Fig. C. Choose the connected external hard drive from which photos are to be restored and tap on Next button.

Mac Photo Recovery for external Drive � Select External Hard Drive

Figure C: Select External Hard Drive

Step 4: The recovered data list is displayed in either "File Type View" or "Data View" as shown in Fig. D

Mac Photo Recovery for external Drive � View Restored Photos

Figure D: View Restored Photos

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