How to Recover Deleted Photos from SD Cards on Mac? (iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac Review Included)

by Jones David

It is common that you take dozens of pictures with your camera in one afternoon. You don’t want to leave all pictures to take up the storage space, so you select them in a batch and hit delete. Oops! You accidentally select some important pictures and delete them. Does it sound familiar? You are definitely not the only person who has done that.

Don’t worry. What you need to do now is to turn off your device completely and take out the SD card. Before you proceed with how to recover deleted photos from SD cards on a Mac computer, take a look at why you can recover the deleted photos.

Why deleted photos from an SD card can be retrieved?

To make things understandable, we will explain how photos are stored on a disk and how photos are deleted.

A photo stored on a disk consists of two parts – the directory and photo itself. The directory consists of the basic information of a photo such as a name, size, creation date, and where to find the photo. Every time your digital device wants to pull out a photo for you, it goes to the directory first and then collects all the data clusters of the photo.

Deletion is an operation that describes the removal of data from a storage medium in computing. To increase efficiency, there are multiple ways to conduct it. One of the most efficient ways is to mark the directory as “deleted”. As a result, you cannot access the photo as usual because it is considered deleted and not existed. However, it won’t affect the photo itself at all. Before new data overwrites the original photo, the deleted photo is still on the disk.

In this case, professional Mac data recovery software like iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac can scan the SD card and find the unaffected photos for you.

In the next section, you will know how to recover deleted photos from SD cards on Mac with Mac data recovery tool.

How to recover deleted photos from SD cards on Mac with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac?

About iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is a powerful photo recovery software for Mac users. It can recover deleted photos, images, and pictures from all types of SD cards including standard SD cards, microSD cards, SDHC, and SDXCs. Besides deleted photo recovery from SD cards, it can recover deleted pictures from USB flash drives, hard drives, memory sticks, and other storage media. The software is also able to recover lost photos from a formatted, unreadable, or corrupted disk.

In addition to Mac photo recovery, the software supports recovering deleted files on Mac like documents, videos, audio, email files, and almost all files on Mac successfully. It is fully compatible with macOS 10.15/10.14/10.13/10.12 and OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

How to use iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac?

Step 1: Free download and install the software on your Mac.

There are no complicated operations you need to do for the installation. Just follow the wizard and it takes about one minute to finish the installation.

Step 2: Launch the software and insert the SD card to an SD card slot or connect it to the Mac computer through an SD card reader.

The software packs its features in a simple and clear interface. All attached and detected disks will be displayed in a drive list in its home window. All basic information of a disk such as a name, partitions, file system, and free space will be easily seen so that you can locate the troubled disk quickly. The free space of a disk or a partition that cannot be detected will show a red bar. Make sure your SD card slot or SD card reader is fully functional. Otherwise, the SD card won’t be detected by the software.

Step 3: Select the SD card from which you want to recover deleted photos, keep a Deep scan checked, and click on the “Scan” button.

Remember to keep a Deep scan checked for the Best scan results. You can go away for 30 minutes with the computer on and fully charged because the scanning process will take a while. You can pause or stop the scanning process anytime you want, but we recommend you let it finish to avoid scanning the SD card a second time.

Step 4: Filter the photos and preview them.

You might get thousands of photos and other files in the results. Then it is very necessary for you to quickly find out what you want to recover and what you don’t need. The software is equipped with useful file filters and a pre-recovery preview to help you with that task. First, you can click on the “Show all files” at the left lower corner to select “Only show deleted files”. In addition, if you remember the name or the file format of deleted files, you can input the information in the search box. The software also categories the found files in year and month. If you remember a certain month and year of the deleted photos, you can click on the “Time” on the left panel to find your wanted files. You can preview the photos to see if they are the ones you want and if they are recoverable.

Step 5: Recover the deleted photos.

Select the photos you want to get back and click on the “Recover” button. You should save the recovered photos to the Mac computer or another disk. Before your exit, the software, don’t forget to check if all deleted important photos are recovered to avoid repeated scanning.


If you unintentionally deleted your important photos from an SD card, it is very likely that they are still on the SD card before you save more pictures on the SD card. Data recovery software like iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac can easily find the photos and restore them for you. If you deleted photos from an SD card on a Mac computer, it will be a lot easier. Unlike Windows PC, files deleted on Mac will be moved to the Trash. Go to the Trash to select the deleted photos, right-click, and choose “Put Back”. Then the deleted photos will be back to its original location.

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