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Salvaging files from a broken hard disk

Using advanced tools to read files 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 hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
The iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
The iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
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!
Removing the glass panel using suction caps
Removing the glass panel using suction caps

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