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Oct. 16, 2018 -

Yesterday a young woman brought me her laptop, it didn't start anymore and it only showed an error message. It turned out to be a broken harddisk. It startled her when I told her that all data on the disk was lost. She told me it contained precious photos of her pregnancy and young child. What could I do?

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The broken laptop containing precious photos
The broken laptop containing precious photos
Connect any harddisk to a computer using the chip and cables from a USB-harddisk enclosure
Connect any harddisk to a computer using the chip and cables from a USB-harddisk enclosure
Defective harddisk
Defective harddisk
Opening the laptop to remove the disk
Opening the laptop to remove the disk
Using terminal commands to mount a disk under Debian GNU/Linux
Using terminal commands to mount a disk under Debian GNU/Linux
The disk is usually fixed using some tiny screws
The disk is usually fixed using some tiny screws

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