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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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Crashed iMac on my desk - ready to be opened
Crashed iMac on my desk - ready to be opened
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
Connecting the disk to a SATA-to-USB convertor
Connecting the disk to a SATA-to-USB convertor
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
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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