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Topic # 27197 17-Oct-2008 09:53
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I need to get some data off a users drive that died recently (if possible), naturally nobody bothered to back this data up :( 

The drive physically seems fine, no bad sectors or smart warnings when scanned with an application like HD Tune.  The drive was formatted with NTFS (running windows xp) so it's probably some kind of MFT or partition problem.  CHKDSK ran automatically but wasn't able to fix the problem.

Any recommendations for a good free data recovery application?

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  Reply # 171930 18-Oct-2008 11:53
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Has the drive been formatted?
When you plug it into another computer, does it come up with a drive letter? Can you see it in disk management?

If it doesn't come up with a drive letter (or if it does, and there is nothing on it), I would recommend GetDataBack by runtime software. It costs, but is worth it IMHO.

You could try Recuva (by Piriform), it is free, but I have had more luck in the past with GDB.

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  Reply # 171993 18-Oct-2008 19:40
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I didn't read your post till now but that's exactly what I ended up doing, hooked up the drive to my machine and recovered with Recuva.  Great program worked better than the 3-4 other applications I tried first.


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  Reply # 172048 19-Oct-2008 10:54
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Since you just dodged a bullet, I'd highly recommend regular backups...

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