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Salvaging files from a defective computer

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 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 hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
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
Ohhhh no! Trouble! Read errors while copying photos!
Ohhhh no! Trouble! Read errors while copying photos!
Removing the glass panel using suction caps
Removing the glass panel using suction caps

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