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Recovering files from a broken hard disk

Using advanced tools to read files 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!
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!
Connecting the salvaged disk to another Mac
Connecting the salvaged disk to another Mac
Ultimately I was able to rescue all other photos!
Ultimately I was able to rescue all other photos!
The iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
The iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
Crashed iMac on my desk - ready to be opened
Crashed iMac on my desk - ready to be opened

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