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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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Ultimately I was able to rescue all other photos!
Ultimately I was able to rescue all other photos!
Removing the glass panel using suction caps
Removing the glass panel using suction caps
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
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)
The iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
The iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display

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