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Rescuing photos from a crashed iMac

Using advanced tools to read movies 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
Some iMacs require a special cutting blade to cut through the adhesive tape holding the glass on to the Aluminium frame
Some iMacs require a special cutting blade to cut through the adhesive tape holding the glass on to the Aluminium frame
Ohhhh no! Trouble! Read errors while copying photos!
Ohhhh no! Trouble! Read errors while copying photos!
Ultimately I was able to rescue all other photos!
Ultimately I was able to rescue all other photos!
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
Removing the glass panel using suction caps
Removing the glass panel using suction caps

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