How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from Mac

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I permanently deleted photos from Macbook Air, how to get back?

Hi, friends! I accidentally deleted some photos from Photos of my Mac (I even performed “Empty Trash” too) yesterday. Is it possible to restore only these deleted photos from a Time Machine backup or must I restore the entire iPhoto Library? The problem is that, after performing the backup, I added another picture to iPhoto (and I haven’t made a backup of them yet). If I have to restore the entire library, will this procedure replace my existing library and remove the recently added pictures?
iMac, Mac OS X (10.13)

Accidentally deleted precious photos from Photos app and emptied the trash Mac? Lost pictures by Photos Library corruption or unexpected Mac machine shutdown? Losing photos and files in macOS can be a real pain. Thankfully, your deleted Photos Library pictures can be retrieved by using a Photo recovery utility.

Mac Data Recovery is such files recovery program that has the ability to recover deleted pictures in Photos app for macOS as well as perform Mac trash deleted picture recovery. No matter how photos lost from your Photos Library, you can get them back in a few clicks with this tool.

To get started, download the trial version from the link below.

How to get back pictures you deleted from Photos Library?

Step 1. Launch Photos pictures recovery on your Mac

When you have the Mac data recovery downloaded, just install and launch it on your Mac. After launching, select the hard disk drive to scan for the lost pictures.

To recover deleted pictures from iPhoto library, we recommend you choose "Lost File Recovery".

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Disable “System Integrity Protection” first for macOS High Sierra

Due to macOS High Sierra (macOS 10.13) requirement, Mac users are not allowed an access to the built-in system drive from any apps. Therefore, if you need to restore lost data from the system disk under macOS 10.13, please “disable System Integrity Protection” first.

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  1. Reboot your Mac and hold down “Command + R” keys simultaneously after you hear the startup chime, this will boot OS X into Recovery Mode.
  2. When the “OS X Utilities” screen appears, pull down the “Utilities” menu at the top of the screen instead, and choose “Terminal”.
  3. In the “Terminal” window, type in “csrutil disable” and press “Enter” then restart your Mac.

Step 2. Scan your Mac for deleted photos on your Mac

The “All-Around Recovery” option will deeply scan and search more files from your Mac hard drive. It will take for a longer time to complete the scanning.

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Step 3. Preview and recover deleted pictures from Mac

After the scan, you can preview all the found photo in the scan result window, select the photos you want and restore them on your Mac by clicking "Recover" button.

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