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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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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!
Crashed iMac on my desk - ready to be opened
Crashed iMac on my desk - ready to be opened
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
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
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos

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