Recovering lost photos from an iTunes backup

So I carelessly wiped clean my old iPad before copying all the photos from it.  A lot of them did not exist elsewhere (transferred from a digital camera and then cleared the memory card), so I wanted to recover them.  There was an iTunes backup of the iPad still on my Windows 7 computer, in a folder under c:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

Some paid software offered to make it easy on me, but to try and save about $25 I figured I would try another route.  Searching on the net revealed that Apples stores the photos as individual files, but with different file extensions, which makes things easier.  I mass renamed all of them in an old school DOS prompt command window with “REN *.* *.JPG”.  Thumbnail view in Windows file explorer, sorted by size to try and get the photos generally grouped together, let me pick out what I wanted.  Happy day!  This ought to work on an iPhone as well.

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2 Responses to Recovering lost photos from an iTunes backup

  1. AlexandraM says:

    Great! I just used iPhone Backup Extractor.

  2. Mike says:

    This tip was a life saver, thanks! One additional tidbit, if you don’t see the AppData folder, make sure you have “show hidden files/folders” turned on under folder options in file explorer.

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