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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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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
Crashed iMac on my desk - ready to be opened
Crashed iMac on my desk - ready to be opened
The iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
The iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
Connecting the salvaged disk to another Mac
Connecting the salvaged disk to another Mac

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