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Recover music on broken disk from iMac

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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The display is fixed using Torx screws - it can be a little tricky to remove the screws as the magnets easily catch them!
The display is fixed using Torx screws - it can be a little tricky to remove the screws as the magnets easily catch them!
Removing the glass panel using suction caps
Removing the glass panel using suction caps
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
Connecting the salvaged disk to another Mac
Connecting the salvaged disk to another Mac
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

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