Who among the Mac faithful has not lost a photo or two? Or, 100? It happens and it’s usually not the Mac’s fault, though I’ve had that happen, too. It happens less these days, but mass storage media is prone to occasional file corruption, and if you’ve just taken a few hundred photos of a holiday gathering or vacation, there’s a distinct intestinal sinking feeling when you find out they’re missing.
How can you recover lost or deleted photos from your Mac, USB drive, external disk drives, or SD cards?
Exif Untrasher is the odd and not-so-memorable name of a free Mac utility that specializes in recovering JPG photos on almost any storage device that connects to your Mac, and it couldn’t be much easier to use to find those photos you’re sure you had but just don’t seem to be there anymore.
Open Exif Untrasher, choose the storage volume to scan (it just needs to be connected to your Mac).
Then, click the Start Data Recover button and Exif Untrasher begins the scanning process.
Remember, it’s looking for specific files; more specifically JPG photos that are not visible in the Mac’s Finder (and perhaps not even visible in your camera’s SD or flash card).
When it finds files that match they will be copied to a location you choose.
There are only two real negatives to using Exif Untrasher. It does not work on any photo files except JPG; that means no RAW files, often used by advanced photographers. Second, it does not always work which means the photo files may be corrupt or deleted beyond the ability of the app to find the files. If they’re gone, they’re gone.
When it works, Exif Untrasher is a life saver (so to speak) and quickly finds and copies photos by the hundreds that are not visible in the Mac’s Finder or on the storage device (I’ve tried it on both SD and standard flash storage cards, but not my Mac).
This is one of those utilities a photographer should download and keep handy. I can count on one hand all the times my storage media has deleted photos of its own accord, and all but one time where utilities like Exif Untrasher could not retrieve them.
And it’s free.