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Rescuing photos from a crashed iMac

Using advanced tools to read music 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
Ultimately I was able to rescue all other photos!
Ultimately I was able to rescue all other photos!
The display is fixed using Torx screws - it can be a little tricky to remove the screws as the magnets easily catch them!
The display is fixed using Torx screws - it can be a little tricky to remove the screws as the magnets easily catch them!
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)
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
Connecting the disk to a SATA-to-USB convertor
Connecting the disk to a SATA-to-USB convertor

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