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Extracting data from a broken hard disk

Using advanced tools to read music from a faulty disk

Oct. 15, 2020 -

This week I received a message from someone with a iMac that crashed. It contained more than 50.000 photos, covering two decades of personal history. As there was no backup, it was up to me to attempt to safe as much as I could. Could I possibly recover the personal photos?

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Removing the glass panel using suction caps
Removing the glass panel using suction caps
Be careful when lifting the display as it has multiple cables attached to the main logic board
Be careful when lifting the display as it has multiple cables attached to the main logic board
Ohhhh no! Trouble! Read errors while copying photos!
Ohhhh no! Trouble! Read errors while copying photos!
Connecting the disk to a SATA-to-USB convertor
Connecting the disk to a SATA-to-USB convertor
The iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
The iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
Some iMacs require a special cutting blade to cut through the adhesive tape holding the glass on to the Aluminium frame
Some iMacs require a special cutting blade to cut through the adhesive tape holding the glass on to the Aluminium frame

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