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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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The iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
The iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
Removing the glass panel using suction caps
Removing the glass panel using suction caps
Crashed iMac on my desk - ready to be opened
Crashed iMac on my desk - ready to be opened
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
Ultimately I was able to rescue all other photos!
Ultimately I was able to rescue all other photos!
This chip is was originally part of a external USB disk drive - you might have one around that you can use for this
This chip is was originally part of a external USB disk drive - you might have one around that you can use for this

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