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Recover photos on broken disk from iMac

Using advanced tools to read photos 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 hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
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
Ultimately I was able to rescue all other photos!
Ultimately I was able to rescue all other photos!
Removing the glass panel using suction caps
Removing the glass panel using suction caps
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!

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