A computer repairs shop in Cardiff is restoring Apple devices that are 10 years old

Picture the scene. There’s that favourite computer which you go back a long way with, that you have relied on over the years.

It may have an exhaustive array of data stored on it, and then the unthinkable happens. The whole thing crashes and, despite your best endeavours, you are unable to restore it to its former glory and everything is lost.

The machine is old and you think it has probably reached the end of its lifespan, that a parting of the way beckons.

So you are faced with an expensive upgrade and no prospect of ever seeing again what you had stored on what will now become your old computer. Well, not necessarily so.

Call in the experts

The Tech Master Solutions team has got the knowledge to carry out an extensive list of computer repairs
The Tech Master Solutions team has got the knowledge to carry out an extensive list of computer repairs. Pictured (from left) are owner Mohamed Abdelhamid, Sotos Vlasakidis, Kalin Kirilov and Sotos Kapetanakis

Apple repair specialists Tech Master Solutions has a proven track record when it comes to giving your appliance a new lease of life and is in demand with customers from all over south Wales.

Mobile device repairs, fault diagnosis and software upgrades are part and parcel of the Cardiff business’s operation, with mobile phones, iPads and tablets all coming under the spotlight. Screen, speaker/mic, charging port, camera and liquid damage repairs are all undertaken, as is battery replacement.

And recovery work also applies to items classified as vintage , like, for example, iMacs from around 2010 to 2012.

“Anything over five years really they call vintage, and we are a niche service provider,” said owner Mohamed Abdelhamid. “The old Macs get slower all the time and the reason is that the hard drive goes on its way out.”

But in recent years the Tech Master Solutions team has been able to use a solid state drive (SSD), a type of mass storage device similar to a hard disk drive.

Getting lost data back

“This is one of the biggest selling points for us,” said Mohamed. “So upgrading an iMac with an SSD rather than a conventional hard drive makes a huge difference to the machine. It makes it a lot quicker.

“The client may think they have a 10 year-old machine and that it’s going to go in the bin. We put an SSD in it…