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Salvaging music from a broken hard disk

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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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!
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
The hard disk inside the iMac - containing the personal photos
Some iMacs require a special cutting blade to cut through the adhesive tape holding the glass on to the Aluminium frame
Some iMacs require a special cutting blade to cut through the adhesive tape holding the glass on to the Aluminium frame
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
Connecting the disk to a SATA-to-USB convertor
Connecting the disk to a SATA-to-USB convertor

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