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Using another computer to read 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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Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
Running macOS “First Aid” from Disk Utility
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
Removing the glass panel using suction caps
Removing the glass panel using suction caps
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)
Connecting the salvaged disk to another Mac
Connecting the salvaged disk to another Mac

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