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I download iCloud photos to an external hard drive, but they disappeared, can I recover them?

I downloaded my iCloud photos on Mac Air and moved them to an external disc. Checked, and everything seemed to be ok, files were there - visible and opening. Now I connected same external disc to my new Macbook Pro, trying to open the folders but they are empty - I mean, the folders are there, but seem to have no content at all as all pics disappeared! Quite a disaster as I have already deleted them from my iCloud.

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iBoysoft author Amanda Wong

Amanda Wong

Answered on Thursday, March 9, 2023

There are some possible solutions you can try to recover disappeared photos from external hard drives, including restoring deleted photos on iCloud, unhiding files on the external hard drive, repairing faulty external hard drives, and recovering lost photos from an external hard drive with data recovery software.

When you delete photos on iCloud.com, they are moved to the Recently deleted album, where you can restore those deleted photos. Therefore you can log into your iCloud account to check whether the deleted photos are available there. If so, you can select the photos you want and click the Recover button to recover iCloud Photos on Mac.

But if you have permanently removed the photos from the Recently deleted album manually or automatically if the remove after 30 days feature is turned on, you should try other solutions to recover files disappeared from external hard drives on Mac, including

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