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Extracting data from a crashed drive

Using advanced tools to read files 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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This chip is was originally part of a external USB disk drive - you might have one around that you can use for this
This chip is was originally part of a external USB disk drive - you might have one around that you can use for this
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
The iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
The iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
Connecting the disk to a SATA-to-USB convertor
Connecting the disk to a SATA-to-USB convertor
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
Reading files from the salvaged disk - if you understand Dutch you’ll understand the personal nature of these photos (‘bevalling’ means birth)
Reading files from the salvaged disk - if you understand Dutch you’ll understand the personal nature of these photos (‘bevalling’ means birth)

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