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Salvaging photos from a broken hard disk

Using advanced tools to read photos 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 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 iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
The iMac’s innards are visible after removing the display
Ohhhh no! Trouble! Read errors while copying photos!
Ohhhh no! Trouble! Read errors while copying photos!
Connecting the disk to a SATA-to-USB convertor
Connecting the disk to a SATA-to-USB convertor
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
Removing the glass panel using suction caps
Removing the glass panel using suction caps

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