MPO File Recovery | How to Recover Deleted MPO Files?

Learn to recover deleted MPO files from Windows or Mac OS via the corresponding solutions on this page. Besides, there’re some practical data loss prevention measures.


By Penny / Updated on July 12, 2023

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What is MPO file?

An MPO file is a special type of image file saved in the Multi Picture Object (MPO) format. This format is used to store stereoscopic images, which means it combines two separate 2D .JPG images to create a single 3D image.

The two 2D images represent the left and right views of the scene, and when viewed with compatible software or devices, they create a sense of depth and three-dimensionality. MPO files are commonly used in the realm of 3D photography and allow for an immersive viewing experience.


When it comes to opening MPO files, you can view MPO files with image viewers such as StereoPhoto Maker (Windows), Microsoft Photos (Windows), MPO Explorer (Windows), CyberLink PowerDVD 21 (Windows), Apple Preview (macOS), StereoPhotoView (Linux), etc.

Part 1. How to recover deleted MPO files on Windows?

After learning what is MPO file, the following ways describe how to recover deleted MPO files on Windows.

Method 1. Recover permanently deleted MPO files with photo recovery software

Are you wondering where do permanently deleted photos go on Windows?

In computing, the Windows OS only removes your deleted MPO file from its file category and designates this space as free space, preparing for new data. In other words, your permanently deleted MPO files might be still on your computer hard drives.

Thus, if you intend to recover permanently deleted MPO images, it’s necessary to avoid adding newly saved pictures. Once your desired MPO pictures have been overwritten, making it difficult to recover the desired files in their original form.

So how to recover permanently deleted MPO files without backups?

The most efficient way is to utilize professional photo recovery software for Windows because only third-party tools can exempt you from essential backups and try to recover pictures as many as possible.

Supported by AOMEI Tech, MyRecover is good at recovering deleted/lost images (MPO, JPG, JPEG, GIF, BMP, ORF, CR3, etc.) from computer drives and other local drives.

Photo Recovery Software for Windows :

✎ All-inclusive: Handle data loss scenarios such as deletion, disk formatting, system crashes, or virus attacks.

✎ High-efficiency: Recover about 50 types of photos, MS Office and WPS files, folders, compressed files, audio, songs, videos, and websites from HDDs, USB sticks, SD cards, etc.

✎ Advanced scanning method: MyRecover runs Quick Scan & Deep Scan automatically to search all the recoverable files. Specify the filename, saved path, date, or size to filter your needed files.

✎ Convenience: Retain the original filename, path, and format for the deleted files.

✎ Excellent compatibility: Support NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, and ReFS file systems and be compatible with Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, or Sever PC.

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After MPO file recovery, please store your retrieved MPO images in a new location.
MyRecover offers unlimited times for you to recover 30 MB of files for free. If you only need to recover one MPO file within 30 MB, you do not need to pay for it.   
Please consider upgrading MyRecover to recover a large number of deleted/missing files from local drives if you prefer a more cost-effective plan.  

Step 1. Install and launch MyRecover on your Windows> select your local disk C drive > click Start Scan.


Step 2. MyRecover will automatically run Quick and Deep Scan to scan your selected C drive and display all the recoverable files.

You can preview or filter your needed MPO files according to Document Type, Name, Date, Path, or Size.

  • Name: Type the filenames of your desired files to narrow the search area.
  • Date modified: Set the date (today, yesterday, last 7/30 days, etc.)
  • Size: Filter the file size (<128KB, 128KB~1MB, 1MB~ 512MB, etc.)


Step 3. Under the Recycle Bin folder and select your needed MPO images. Then click the “Recover x files” button.


Method 2. Restore accidentally/recently deleted MPO files from Recycle Bin

Windows operating systems provide a Recycle Bin that temporarily stores deleted MPO and other files. Before permanent deletion (emptying the Recycle Bin or pressing Shift + Delete), this temporary storage place enables you to restore your accidentally/recently deleted MPO files easily.

» Please open your desktop Recycle Bin > find your deleted MPO file > right-click on it > select Restore to get your wanted MPO image to its previously saved path.


Method 3. Restore deleted, lost, damaged MPO files via File History

While Windows Recycle Bin offers convenient and quick methods to prevent and reverse file loss, they are not flawless and cannot resolve every data loss issue. They cannot recover files that have already been emptied from them or files that are damaged or corrupted. This is where Windows File History comes into play.

If Windows File History is enabled and configured to contain the drive and folder where your missing MPO files were located, it’s possible to restore MPO copy backups even if their original images have been deleted, lost, or corrupted.   

Windows File History is designed to back up files in Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, Desktop folders, and offline OneDrive files saved on PCs. Please ensure you’ve stored BMP files in these locations.
After turning on File History, Previous Versions enables you to recover overwritten Word documents.

Step 1. Type “System and Security” in the search bar to open it.


Step 2. Click File History > Restore your files with File History.


Step 3. Click the “Restore personal files” button.


Step 4. Restore” your selected MPO file to its original saved path.


If you need to change its saved path, you can right-click on Restore > Restore to.

Part 2. How to recover deleted MPO files on Mac?

Besides, there’re two ways for you to recover deleted MPO files on Mac OS.

Method 1. Restore accidentally/recently deleted MPO files from Mac Trash

For accidentally and recently deleted MPO files, Mac users can get these accidentally/recently deleted MPO files from Trash.

» Find the corresponding Trash Bin in the Dock > find the deleted MPO file you prefer > right-click on it > choose Put Back.


Method 2. Recover deleted MPO files via Time Machine

If you’ve permanently deleted MPO files, Time Machine can be your solution because Time Machine is a backup method provided by Apple that can automatically generate backups at regular intervals, including hourly, daily, and weekly backups.   

You don’t have to launch a window if your lost files were previously stored on the desktop.   
If you want to make your Time Machine show on the desktop, go to the Apple menu > click System Preferences > Time Machine > Show Time Machine in menu bar.

Step 1. Open the window where you lost MPO files.

Step 2. Click the Launchpad icon in the Dock, find Time Machine, and click Enter Time Machine.


Step 3. Use the up and down arrows to locate the MPO files you need to restore.


Step 4. Click Restore to recover your needed MPO images, then your lost data will come back to the previous location.


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What is MPO file? How to recover deleted MPO images on Windows/Mac OS? Please find the corresponding answers from the above content.

Moreover, there’re some pertinent data loss prevention measures for you to prevent data loss again.

  • Please keep your Windows/Mac OS up to date as older versions may not be compatible with new applications. Sometimes, it can cause file corruption or data loss of MPO files.
  • Please ensure all your installed applications are up to date to ensure compatibility with new operating system versions.
  • Run a reliable antivirus program to protect against viruses, spyware, malware, etc.
  • Avoid downloading suspicious or unrecognized files by your antivirus program because these files can increase the risk of MPO photo loss.
  • Avoid granting access to unknown users to safeguard your files.
  • Always make regular backups to prevent your MPO images from data loss at the source.

At this point, here comes a friendly and more flexible Windows backup utility, AOMEI Backupper Standard which offers you easier operating steps and richer backup choices.

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Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper on your Windows PC and select the “File Backup” option.


Step 2. Click “Add Folder/Add File” to add the folder or wedding videos you want to back up.


Step 3. Click “Schedule Backup” to enable Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers or USB plug based on your needs. Then click the “Start Backup” button.


Penny · Editor
Penny works as an editor at AOMEI Technology, while she's a tester and editor for AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. She enjoys helping users with data recovery issues on Windows and iPhones using simple and practical solutions. Outside of work, she has a strong affection for pets, particularly giant pandas.