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Recovering photos from a broken hard disk

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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Crashed iMac on my desk - ready to be opened
Crashed iMac on my desk - ready to be opened
The iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
The iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
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!
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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