Walter Goldschmidt wrote:
> Thank you Malke I called them and they wanted $500-$2400. Richard, how
> would I go about trying to recover the data myself. It's lost to me anyway
> and I'm not paying $500 to recover it so I might as well try myself.
If the hard drive is physically sound, you can try a data recovery program.
First test the drive with a diagnostic utility downloaded from the hard
drive mftr.'s website (or use Seagate's SeaTools For DOS).
You will create a bootable CD with the file you download. You will need
third-party burning software to do this such as Roxio, Nero, or the free
CDBurnerXP Pro. Burn as an image, not as data.
Boot with the CD you made and do a thorough test of the drive. If it fails
any physical tests, you won't be able to retrieve data except by sending it
to a professional data recovery company like Drive Savers.
If the drive is physically OK:
If you use data recovery software, install it on another machine and either
use it from that operating system or create a bootable cd/floppy and work
with that. IIRC, EasyRecovery doesn't work with Vista but I've had good
results with R-Studio.
PCInspector File Recovery -
Executive Software ?Undelete? -
R-Studio - http://www.r-tt.com/
File Scavenger - http://www.quetek.com/prod02.htm
Ontrack's EasyRecovery - http://www.ontrack.com/software/
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