I manage a Macos Monterey computer, and I'm using a cloud backup service for it, including its Photos.library. When files are deleted from the computer, the backup service moves the corresponding backup-file to the cloud trashbin.
Today, the backup service notified me that "a large number of files have been deleted from your backup", and offered me to recover them from the cloud trashbin.
They were all originally in
- About half of them are actual
.jpegfiles, in the original file size.
- Most of the other files have a UUID filename and no file extension.
- There are also a bunch of folders named
I did some random samples of the
.jpeg - they could still be found in the actual Photos app on the Mac, so I'm pretty sure nothing important has been deleted here.
My questions are:
- What are the files within
- Can I be reasonably sure that nothing important is being deleted?
- The files have almost certainly not been deleted on purpose. Why has the OS (and/or Photos.app) deleted them?