Best Photo & Music Recovery Software for Mac
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Hundreds – even thousands – of photos and songs are stored on our devices these days. Which is great, until something goes wrong. Whatever the cause of your lost data, Disk Drill can help recover your deleted pictures and recover your iPod music on Mac.
Photo recovery on Mac OS X + iPhone music recovery
Formatting your camera or MP3 player is easy – sometimes too easy. Far too often music or photos are completely obliterated by one accidental command. Constantly being revisited and resynchronized, your music and pictures are very prone to human or technical failure.

The wide range of supported file systems and scanning techniques make Disk Drill the ideal software for photo recovery on Mac OS X, such as JPG, TIFF, and even RAW camera files like NEF and CR2. It doesn't matter if those files were deleted from your Mac or from an external device. Disk Drill can recover deleted music on your Mac too: MP3, WMA, WAV, and more. Disk Drill is a perfect MP3 recovery program for Mac OS X.

Note: This article is designed to give you a brief overview. For detailed tutorials, see How to Install Disk Drill and How to Recover Lost Files with Disk Drill Basic in our Knowledgebase.

#1 Install Disk Drill on Mac OS X

Download Disk Drill for photo recovery on Mac OS X. You can install Disk Drill by dragging the DMG contents to the Applications folder on your Mac. Optionally, drag the application to the Dock to recover deleted pictures and music at any time.
  • 1Download Disk Drill
  • 2Drag to Applications Folder
  • 3Launch the app

#2 Select the Drive to Recover Deleted Photo or Music on Mac

Select the volume that originally contained the music or lost photos for recovery. If you're looking to recover deleted pictures or music from an external device, like a camera or an MP3 player, connect it to your Mac first via USB or a memory card adapter.
If Disk Drill is able to detect the drive or memory card, it'll be able to scan it for the deleted photos or deleted music, even if that drive has been corrupted.

#3 Quick Scan for HFS+, FAT and NTFS Drives

If the storage device employs an HFS+, FAT, FAT32, ExFAT, or NTFS file system, which is often the case, you can use Quick Scan to scan it for deleted photo recovery on Mac OS X in mere minutes. Quick Scan for HFS+, FAT and NTFS Drives
Disk Drill photo and music recovery software will use the deletion logs inherent to FAT and NTFS to quickly determine which files might still be saved.

Consider protection in advance!

Two unique protection mechanisms of Disk Drill are Recovery Vault and Guaranteed Recovery. Activating these options improves scanning speed and efficiency, and easier photo and music recovery on Mac OS X. These options will map the way for Disk Drill to deleted files and keep track of every file moved to Trash. Recover music from iPhone and other important media files this way! Recovery Vault can be used on all HFS/HFS+ and FAT/FAT32 systems, and Guaranteed Recovery can be used on HFS/HFS+ systems.

#4 Deep Scan For Complete Recovery of Deleted Pictures and Music

Even if your drive has an unknown or corrupted file system, or if the memory card was reformatted entirely, Disk Drill's recovery software will try to recover your music and photos using Deep Scan. This technique scours your storage for any hidden bits and bytes.
It's very slow, increasingly so for large storage devices, but it leaves no stone unturned. Your files might not retain filename and original location, but if there is anything left to be salvaged, Deep Scan will find it and ensure the best photo recovery on Mac OS X and the best music recovery. Deep Scan For Complete Recovery of Deleted Pictures and Music

#5 Filter, Preview and Recover the Deleted Photos and Music

Deep Scan results will be ordered by file type and extension. Even though your filenames are lost, it shouldn't be hard to single out the MP3 files or photos you lost. Scan results can be filtered by file type using the drop down menu in the top left corner. Select your lost photo and click "Recover". As simply as that, you can recover iPod music on your Mac, as well as deleted photos too. Filter, Preview and Recover the Deleted Photos and Music

Disk Drill is an excellent MP3 recovery program for Mac

Disk Drill can perform Deep Scan that is exceptionally efficient when there is hardly any file structure left. It is the best choice for deleted photo recovery on Mac and will do its best to recover music from iPhone or iPod or your Mac. Disk Drill applies its great knowledge of file signatures to find the needed ones and restore all your pictures, music and other files like XLS, DOC, AVI, MP4, etc.

Take good care of your memories!

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Whether you are looking to recover deleted photo on Mac or other files – Disk Drill is ready to help!
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