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Rescuing photos from a crashed iMac

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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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
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
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!
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos

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