iPhoto has established itself as a fairly good image organizer for your photos and memories, however it’s not completely free from issues. There are rare cases when something goes wrong that could end you up in need of mac file recovery.
It can be kind of hard to keep your composure in these instances. Just the thought of losing your important memories and photos can be very stressful. The next time you go through this, relax, there are many different ways you can recover from this situation.
There are going to be times where your photos have not permanently disappeared but may be stored in another place in the computer. What we need to do is move them to a place you can see. There are many different ways you can recover the photos within a very short time. However you need to be cautious or you will end up dishing out hundreds of dollars to a reputable file recovery company to help you get your memories back.
What to do once you realize your photos are missing?
The first important thing you need to do is backtrack and recall the steps you took to get where you are. Once you know this information, it will be much easier to do the recovery.
This will also help you prevent such incidents from happening in the future. It may be required to go to a professional to do the recovery if you are not comfortable with any of these steps.
If you look around the package contents of the iPhoto “photo library” file and you see photos inside, then that is good news. This means that the iPhoto photo library file was not overwritten or delete and the master photos have not been overwritten or deleted.
The library file looks kind of messy, but the software is very efficient and can easily find what it is looking for. If you were to step inside and delete anything – or just moving it out of its original place, iPhoto may no longer be in a position to find anything – or work at all. So make sure that you copy instead of cut, and don’t delete anything at all.
This is not suggesting that you should manually go into the iPhoto library file and start extracting the photos into the content photos. This option is for the 1% of those who can’t find any other way to get the library file to load in the right way. Doing this will help you recover all the original photos without having to edit the photos since doing this loses all the editing that had been done.
How to safely recover from missing iPhotos
Fixing this problem is really quite simple. It just a matter of telling iPhoto you want to switch back to the original photo library file. Following this will almost guarantee you the recovery of your photo, the same way they were. There are two ways you can follow in recovering your photos.
The first option is applicable if you are using iPhoto v.9 or later. Start by ensuring that iPhoto is loaded and active, go up and click on “File”, there is a drop down list with many options, click on “Switch to Library”.
The second option is for the people who have an older version of iPhoto or is not loaded. Press and hold down the “option” key when clicking and launching the application.
Both options will lead you a window known as “Library Chooser” that pops up.
It will then ask you “Which photo library do you want iPhoto to use?” Click on the original iPhoto library from the list, and then click on “Choose” button. The application will close, and then reopen with everything restored.
Avoid the risks of permanently losing your photos
It is important to contact a professional data recovery company if you want to be sure of getting your memories back. This is always the safest avenue. There is an element of risk when doing it on your own. You can tamper with some files, making your photos hard to recover, even by an expert.
Also making sure you are backed up properly will help you avoid the problem all together. Finding a private cloud storage service like SERT Data Backup, can make sure that you are able to share you images privately and all your information is encrypted.