Data recovery company DriveSavers appears to have become the first firm to successfully retrieve data from M1-powered Apple Macs that have been “damaged beyond repair”.
The company claims its engineers have identified the steps necessary to access data stored within the latest Apple devices and developed a technique for surgically transplanting M-series silicon onto new, functional boards.
“Through dedicated research and development, DriveSavers Data Recovery engineers have determined the optimal techniques for safe and effective data recovery, minimizing the risk of data loss,” the company said in a press release.
Hacking the Mac
Typically, recovering data from the SSD of a damaged Mac has been no easy feat. As our sister site Tom’s Hardware explains, the SSD controller is embedded within the M1 SoC, so if the chip is damaged, the data may effectively end up trapped.
What’s more, in order to gain access to data, a number of components must remain connected to one another via the logic board, adding additional complexity to the data recovery process.
However, DriveSavers claims to have found a workaround for these problems, by reverse-engineering Apple’s security protocols in order to understand what conditions need to be met for data to be retrieved.
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