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How To Restore Deleted iMovie And Photos Application Folders

December 14, 2017


Video editing is no longer limited to professional editors anymore, as with iMovie anyone can edit and upload videos quickly. Apple users can easily edit the video clips, add stunning effects, music, themes, etc. and can shoot videos at high-definition resolutions. iMovie is a fantastic entry-level video editing software that is provided for free on every Mac sold.

Whether you merge different short video clips from the hard drive to pull a movie or simply enhance the already created ones, arrange the video in a sequence,  iMovie lets you do all of that and save the videos with ease.

But, as life is not that easy. Sometimes, the iMovie projects just disappear or get crashed, and in such cases, we have two options which are either to reshoot the video clips which doesn’t sound feasible or to leverage methods to retrieve the deleted iMovie projects. That being said, here’s how you can restore your deleted iMovie projects:

1. Restore The iMovie Project From Trash:

If you haven’t emptied the Trash, then you can restore the deleted iMovie project from there. Go to Trash, find the iMovie project and drag it to the iMovie folder, and then open the file in the iMovie application. If you have had emptied the Trash or are unable to locate the iMovie project, then restore it from the Library or the backup.

2. System Preference:

Under Library > Preference section, Locate the file “”, Drag the file to the iMovie folder and then Access it using the iMovie application.

Figure 1.1 illustrates to locate the file.

Note: If you are running a newer version of macOS (10.7+), you will not see the Library folder in the Finder menu anymore.

Therefore, alternatively complete the following:

Go to Finder Menu > Go >Select “Go to Folder..” > Copy and Paste the path “~/Library/Preferences” into the “Go to Folder..” text input field > Click on “Go” to go to the folder > Locate the file “> Drag the file to the iMovie folder > Access it using the iMovie application.

Figure 1.2 illustrates alternative way to locate the file.

3. Backup Restore:

If you have a backup, then restore deleted iMovie projects from there. Otherwise, you have to leverage a Mac data recovery software to bring back the deleted iMovie files. For instance, Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery is a useful software to retrieve all your deleted files.

Restoring Photos Application Folders

On a similar note, if you have deleted photos application folders, then follow these steps to restore them:

1. Restore From Trash:

Find the deleted photos application folder in Trash. Right-click the files and select Put Back option.

2. Utilize Show Recently Deleted feature:

Go to the Photos application and select File. Click it, and from the drop-down menu, select Show Recently Deleted option. Select the photos and hit Recover to retrieve the files.


Figure 1.3 illustrates to utilize Show Recently Deleted option.

Alternatively, you may see it in the Photos application without having to select the menu:

Figure 1.4 illustrates alternative way to utilize Recover option.

3. Restore deleted photo application folders from Time Machine:

Click the Time Machine icon in the menu bar, and browse the available backups. Select the required backup, click it and restore the photos application folders.

Figure 1.5 illustrates to leverage Time Machine feature.

Conclusion: Backup Is The Key

You don’t need to have advanced video editing skills to edit or merge video clips. For communicating your message, videos and photos are indeed effective platforms and there couldn’t be a better way to share your stories. However, we cannot overlook the fact that they are not susceptible to get damaged or become inaccessible; therefore above all, it is essential to backup your work.

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