I am trying to recover data from a faulty Toshiba 2.5 SATA drive in a Sony laptop. I have tried using Acronis True Image Home (Rescue CD) to image to an external drive, but while Acronis sees the drive and it's partitions, after starting the image backup it just hangs (I've left it for days without change). I've tried Spinrite to "fix" the drive, but it just hangs as well. I've tried Paragon Rescue Kit, but it doesn't even see the drive. I've taken the drive out of the laptop and put it in an external case on another machine, but cannot recover any data via any means I have tried so far.
Does anyone have any other tool recommendations for data recovery? I don't think my customer is going to pay for specialist data recovery, so I'm looking for any other options.
The drive powers up, there is no click of death noise, BIOS sees it, but my usual tools don't work. I've had good results getting data back from faulty drives using Acronis. I'm starting to hate Toshiba drives due to the lack of any diagnostic tools from Toshiba. I ran the Seagate tool and it reported back that the drive was faulty.
I'm currently at a dead end, so would appreciate any assistance.