How to Recover PEF File on Mac Computer?

PEF (Pentax Electronic File) is an uncompressed RAW photograph taken with a Pentax digital camera to store image information exactly how it was captured by the camera’s sensor, with no compression or color adjustment. PEF is a RAW image format similar to NEF, CR2, ORF and other raw formats. All photos captured on Pentax camera will have a .PEF file extension.

Even these PEF files may get lost similar to other RAW image files due to diverse reasons. But many people think that once these PEF files are lost, they will be lost forever. It’s just their imagination; you can recover these PEF files using accurate photo recovery software. Before knowing about recovery of PEF files, let’s see some of the common causes for loss of PEF files as listed below:

  • Accidental deletion of PEF files on camera or on Macintosh system while erasing unneeded files
  • Emptying the Trash without checking the PEF files present in it
  • Abruptly removing the camera or memory card from Mac system during PEF file transfer
  • Sometimes PEF files may get deleted by third party application while scanning for virus or malware
  • Improper shutdown or sudden power surge while moving PEF files from camera to Mac system may even result in loss of essential PEF files

Don’t get upset, if you have lost or deleted PEF files from Pentax camera or from Mac computer, because you can still recover PEF RAW images files using superior image recovery tool like Yodot Mac Photo Recovery. One thing you all must know about this software is that it can retrieve lost or deleted PEF files only if they are not overwritten with new files; if PEF files are overwritten on storage media, then you can’t recover them. So stop adding data to the memory card or storage drive from where you lost PEF files.

PEF file recovery software:

Yodot Mac Photo Recovery is the prominent media file recovery software that is capable of retrieving deleted or lost PEF files on Mac computer. It is robust software and does not modify the contents of original PEF files during recovery process. This tool supports recovery of other RAW digital image file formats from various digital camera brands such as, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Olympus, Philips, LG, Kodak, etc. Most of the digital cameras users prefer this software to extract their lost or erased RAW images and videos captured on various occasions along with music files because of its user friendly interface and with simple recovery steps.

Procedure for using Yodot Mac Photo Recovery:

  • Download and install Yodot Mac Photo Recovery application on your Mac OS computer
  • Run the software to start recovery process and follow the recovery procedure present on screen
  • In main screen you will find two options i.e., “Delete Photo Recovery” and “Lost Photo Recovery”
  • Select “Delete Photo Recovery” option to retrieve deleted PEF files from the computer
  • Otherwise, select “Lost Photo Recovery” option to get back missing PEF files from the system
  • After this, the application will scan the entire computer and displays all logical drives present in Mac computer
  • Choose the particular logical drive from which you need to retrieve your PEF files and click on “Next” button
  • The software starts recovering PEF files from your Mac computer and displays the retrieved PEF files in two different views i.e., “Data View” and “File Type View”
  • Preview your recovered PEF files by using “Preview” option and save them to your preferred location on Mac system


  • It’s good to take backup of your Pentax Raw image files on other reliable storage device
  • Use best image file conversion software for converting your PEF file to other system readable image file format
  • By renaming your PEF file format to MPEG file format, it becomes unusable