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MiniTool Photo Recovery Review

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On November 13, 2017
Last modified:February 13, 2018


A well structured, easy to use and powerful media recovery tool. Our test runs on both operating systems (Windows and Mac) were highly successful and it was an incredibly simple process. A fantastic tool if you desperately need to recover lost media files for any user!

So the day just was not going for you as you seem to have lost the photos and videos from your awesome European summer vacation. You certainly looked good in them didn’t you? Well, MiniTool Photo Recovery is an intuitive piece of software that can recover your beloved photos/videos/audio no matter how you lost or deleted them! The tool, in three easy steps, can find your multimedia files from your hard drive, CD/DVD, digital camera, memory card SD, storage media. You can restore up to 1 GB of files for free!

The tool can recover almost all picture and video formats which are listed below.

Picture formats: JPG, TIFF/TIF, PNG, BMP, GIF, PSD, CRW, CR2, NEF, ORF, RAF, SR2, MRW, DCR, WMF, DNG, ERF, RAW and so forth. Video formats: MOV, MP4, M4A, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, FLAC, SWF, MP3, MP2, M2TS, MKV,MTS, WAV, AIF etc.

Since MiniTool Photo Recovery can be used on both Windows (XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 & 10) and Mac (10.5x and up), we decided to take it for a test drive on both operating systems.

Windows Test Run

After a quick installation, we open the application and are presented with an elementary interface. It shows you the type of devices you can potentially recover data from and we select ‘Start’ to get going.

MiniTool Photo Recovery main interface on Windows

We choose our external drive to scan our lost media files and away we go!

MiniTool Photo Recovery select drive from list to scan

The time taken to scan does vary on the size of the storage device but for 32GB it seemed to not take too long. All recovered files are neatly mapped out and accessible for us… hooray! It even found some photos deleted from over 12 months ago!

Scan results from MiniTool Photo Recovery

We choose a few media files to recover. All done! Woohoo! Such a sweet and simple procedure. Not too hard to follow the steps.

Mac Test Run

Similarly for the Mac component of the software, the interface is fairly simple and straight forward. The connected devices on the computer are listed and we see if it can recover the same from the external drive.

MiniTool Photo Recovery tool interface on Mac version

All data was recovered once again just as we found in the Windows version. Good to know!

MiniTool Photo Recovery Scan Results on Mac version

We did notice there was a difference between the scanning component of the Windows and Mac version. In the Windows version, the data found comes up gradually in the results. For Mac, you have to steadily wait for the entire scan to take place before you are presented with the final outcome. Not necessarily a problem, but important to note all the same.

MiniTool Photo Recovery Full Scan in progress on Mac

One feature we were impressed with is that the free software provides the previous recovery result so we could easily load the results and not have to painfully scan the same device all over again!

MiniTool Photo Recovery previous recovery results feature


MiniTool have a support section on their website devoted to assisting their customers which is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. They are contactable via email and phone call! There is a FAQs page and manual for each of their products so you can delve into for further information.


We know people don’t like to pay for software… you rather it be free… right? Well considering this is a powerful recovery tool to have and they are generous with their 1GB of recoverable data for free (unlike similar software out there),  a one off $69 fee won’t break the bank! Although, it is only free for noncommercial, personal or home use. If you are a business, then you need to purchase to use this product.

Final Thoughts

Minitool Photo Recovery is a novel, highly efficient and genuine software that quickly recovers missing media files with a flourish. It is incredibly easy to use which means you don’t have to be a computer expert to operate it. From our test runs on both operating systems (Windows and Mac), we managed to fully recover our missing photos and videos which is a definite plus from us!

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