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Best hard drive recovery data program?

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Hi guys,

I just wanted to know from you all what would be the best recovery program to use to get files off a dying hard drive? The files arnt lost, or deleted etc, its just that the HDD is in poor shape and windows cant access the drive fully, it can see the drive but no access it, so i was wondering what's a good program that can just list all the files on the drive so i can back them up?

Im current using "Recover my files" but it only seems to get file's that have been deleted, not helpful, im also going to try Norton Ghost, that might work?

Thanks in advance :toast:
 

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Norton Ghost may work. If nothing ends up working for you, I know there are places you can pay to have them recover stuff for you.
 
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Norton Ghost may work. If nothing ends up working for you, I know there are places you can pay to have them recover stuff for you.
Yea dont worry about the other places :laugh: they cost WAY to much over here so all good.

Well the system just crashed using "recover my files" program so Norton ghost it is.
 

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Another thought on this matter is to put the drive in the freezer for 24 hours. Have a system ready to go and plug the drive into an external source. Start transferring the files over to the system as fast as you can!!!!! This may only last for just a few minutes.

However if the drive is still somewhat running this may last up to about 20 minutes.

Good luck and keep us posted Melvis!
 
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Recuva is a great free program from Piriform (I'm sure you know them from CCleaner and Defraggler).

There are also other options like Active@...having trouble remembering the others that we use at work. TestDisk is great if you've got a messed up partition table, but not for dying HDD's.
 
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Victoria is the winner. /Thread
:confused: Sorry i dont get it

It is a paid tool, but better than the thousands you will pay to a commercial firm.
Spinrite is the best.
Yea i had a look at that and gave it a little go but got me all confused, it seems like you MUST have a clear HDD with nothing on it to back it up to first otherwise it will just wipe it all.

But thanks anyway :)
 
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Yea i had a look at that and gave it a little go but got me all confused, it seems like you MUST have a clear HDD with nothing on it to back it up to first otherwise it will just wipe it all.
Ideally you should have a new, clean, working drive to backup any files that SpinRite finds. But AFAIK you should be able to save those files to a drive that already has data on it.
 
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+1 Recuva, used and delivered well!
 
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