How to Recover Deleted Photos from Camera Memory Card on Mac

August 23, 2012 / Posted by Dupont on Utilities

Feel desperate when you see the message saying that all your photos on camera’s memory card has been deleted somehow, or when you plug in the memory card to computer you find nothing in there? Relax. Chances are good that you can recover all those photos, as long as you haven’t taken any more photos or written new stuffs to the card.

Camera Memory Card

The reason why we can get the photos back is because the simple delete or even disk formating command just marks the space on a memory card as being available for use, but the “deleted” or “formatted” files are still stored on the card, until they are overwritten by new data. So as long as you find your photos on camera memory card is missing, you should stop using the card right away.

The tool I use to recovery the deleted photos from my camera memory card is Leawo Data Recovery for Mac. I prefer this program because it has user friendly interface, simple operation with user wizard to recover photos step by step. Download and install Leawo Data Recovery on Mac and then follow the guides below to recover deleted photos from your camera memory card.

Full Guide

Connect camera memory card to computer

If your digital camera has the cable to connect to Mac computer directly, then it’s perfect. If not, you can use a memoray card USB adaptor for help. Remove the memory card from camera, plug in the USB adaptor and then connect to your Mac computer.

Choose recovery mode

Run the camera memory card photo recovery on your Mac computer. You will get three data recovery modes: File Recovery, Photo Recovery and Lost Partition Recovery. Choose “File Recovery” if you don’t know exactly what kinds of files you want to recover. Choose “Photo Recovery” and you can easily get photos, music and videos back.

Select Disk

After you connected your camera memory card with Mac computer, there will be an additional disk volume. Select the disk which represents the camera memory card and check “only scan deleted files” to save your time.


This Mac data recovering program will scan and analyze the photos and videos lost on your camera memory card automatically. During file scanning, you can have a preview on the image files.

Select Files to Recover

All the photos lost from your camera memory card will be found and presented on the left side of the interface. Choose those files you want to recover and click on the “Recover” button and now you can get all the photos deleted from camera memory card back.

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