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Using another computer to read movies from a broken hard disk

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

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