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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
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
Connecting the salvaged disk to another Mac
Connecting the salvaged disk to another Mac
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

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