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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 iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
The iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
Connecting the disk to a SATA-to-USB convertor
Connecting the disk to a SATA-to-USB convertor
Ohhhh no! Trouble! Read errors while copying photos!
Ohhhh no! Trouble! Read errors while copying photos!
Connecting the salvaged disk to another Mac
Connecting the salvaged disk to another Mac
Be careful when lifting the display as it has multiple cables attached to the main logic board
Be careful when lifting the display as it has multiple cables attached to the main logic board

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