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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
The iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
The iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
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
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
Connecting the salvaged disk to another Mac
Connecting the salvaged disk to another Mac
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility

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