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Recovering documents from a broken hard disk

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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It doesn’t hurt to be nice to the damaged disk... “pleasssssse little disky... give me the photos!” - But don’t touch the chips!
It doesn’t hurt to be nice to the damaged disk... “pleasssssse little disky... give me the photos!” - But don’t touch the chips!
Crashed iMac on my desk - ready to be opened
Crashed iMac on my desk - ready to be opened
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)
Ultimately I was able to rescue all other photos!
Ultimately I was able to rescue all other photos!
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility

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