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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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Connecting the disk to a SATA-to-USB convertor
Connecting the disk to a SATA-to-USB convertor
Crashed iMac on my desk - ready to be opened
Crashed iMac on my desk - ready to be opened
It doesn’t hurt to be nice to the damaged disk... “pleasssssse little disky... give me the photos!” - But don’t touch the chips!
It doesn’t hurt to be nice to the damaged disk... “pleasssssse little disky... give me the photos!” - But don’t touch the chips!
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
Ultimately I was able to rescue all other photos!
Ultimately I was able to rescue all other photos!
Connecting the salvaged disk to another Mac
Connecting the salvaged disk to another Mac

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