Mac iPhoto Library Recovery

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion & Mavericks)

IPhoto is a photo managing application used in Mac Operating system to edit, organize, and manage the photos. IPhoto can also be used to import photos from CDs, internet, digital cameras and scanners. While importing photos from digital camera, scanner etc, the photos will be imported to iPhoto library. You can use albums to organize photos and the photos which were imported can be saved in both albums and in iPhoto library. When you delete a photo from the album, it will be deleted only from the album not from the iPhoto library. But, if you accidentally delete a photo from iPhoto library, then it will delete a photo directly from iPhoto library resulting in photo loss. You can easily undelete Mac iPhoto library using Mac file recovery tool.

Mac is a UNIX based Operating system developed by Apple Inc. Mac provides graphical user interface, which is easy to use. Nowadays, Most of the people want to use Mac OS instead of Windows OS, because Mac OS is more secure compared to Windows. ITunes and iPhoto applications are most commonly used compared to other applications. IPhoto application is used to organize and import pictures from digital cameras where as iTunes are generally used for managing music files. Although Mac OS has a number of security features and services, it may sometimes come across a various problems which results in data loss.

Some of the common factors leading to the corruption of iPhoto library are as follows:

  • Corruption of iPhoto Library: Sometimes, your iPhoto library may get corrupt and causes iPhoto to crash and become unusable resulting in photo loss.
  • iPhoto library manager malformed: AlbumData.xml file is only written by iPhoto and you are not able to change the information in your library by modifying it. Sometimes, iPhoto library manager, which allows you to rebuild the database of your iPhoto library, may display an error message like The data file for this library is malformed. This error may occur, when your iPhoto writes the malformed data to AlbumData.xml file, as a result it may not allow you to read the particular image properly resulting in photo loss.
  • Presence of invalid characters in AlbumData.xml file: Sometimes, AlbumData.xml file may contain invalid characters such as ampersands, invisible null characters and etc may not allow you to access the photos from iPhoto. Generally, the keywords, which are embedded with metadata of photo files, may contain null characters, resulting in corruption of data file. Because, invisible null characters does not allow the iPhoto to find the photo files and writes the corrupted information to data file.

You can overcome the above stated problems by rebuilding the iPhoto library based on AlbumData.xml file, which is used by Aperture and Front Row to find albums and photos in iPhoto library. Also, you are supposed to create backup of all photos so that you can easily restore it back from backup file, when you have lost or deleted the photos from iPhoto. If you dont have any backup file, then you can use third party recovery tools to execute camera pictures recovery on Mac OS X.

Undelete software for Mac OS X helps you to restore lost or deleted photos from the corrupted iPhoto library. This software can also restore lost or deleted audio and video files from the Mac Operating system. HFS+, HFSX, FAT16 and FAT32 are the different types of file system supported by this software. It can undelete files from SD card on Mac efficiently.You can view retrieved photos in Mac finder styled interface and if you are not able to find files in retrieved data list then you can use fast built-in tool called Find Tool to find the files in retrieved data list. This software supports both 32-bit and 64-bit Mac Operating systems.

Follow the steps to Undelete Mac iPhoto Library:

Step 1: Download and install the trial version of "Mac Undelete Software" and start the application by double clicking the desktop shortcut icon. The main screen appears as shown in Figure 1.

Mac undelete main page

Figure 1. Main Screen

Step 2: Select "Recover Photos" option from the main screen. To retrieve lost image files select "Recover Lost Photos" option from the screen that is shown in Figure 2 and proceed.

Select recovery option screen

Figure 2. Select Recover Lost Photos

Step 3: Now select the appropriate volume from which you want to retrieve lost photos and click on "Next" from the Figure 3 as shown below.

Physical Drive Selection Screenshot

Figure 3. Select Volume

Step 4: Then select appropriate file types, which you want to restore and click on "Next" button as shown in Figure 4.

Select file types window

Figure 4. Select Appropriate File Type

Step 5: The software will start scanning the selected drive and will restore deleted files/folders. After recovery process is completed, the software will display restored files as shown in Figure 5. You can view the retrieved files using the "Preview" option.

View recovered data window

Figure 5. retrieved Photos

If satisfied with the recovery result, then you can purchase full version of this utility and restore deleted files to the desired location.

For Leopard (10.5) and
Snow Leopard (10.6) Users

For Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8),
Mavericks and Yosemite (10.10) Users