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Recover documents on broken disk from iMac

Using advanced tools to read documents 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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Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
Crashed iMac on my desk - ready to be opened
Crashed iMac on my desk - ready to be opened
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
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
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
Removing the glass panel using suction caps
Removing the glass panel using suction caps

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