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Drive recovery (not mine, thankfully) Dec. 7th, 2007 02:09 pm
One of my colleagues has suffered a fairly catastrophic drive failure on their laptop - the FAT seems completely scrambled for a start - and has no backup of the data.

Can anyone recommend a company/method that might recover his data without causing him complete bankruptcy?

From: silenttex
Date: December 7th, 2007 - 02:37 pm (Link)
If someone there knows their way around Linux: http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/8366 - might work.

Or try a trial version of FAT Data Recovery Utility or Windows data recovery utility. (I've not used either of those, but they seem slightly more reputable than tools from some dodgy shareware site.)
From: mrz80
Date: December 7th, 2007 - 03:30 pm (Link)
Gibson Research's SpinRite is the best 90 bucks I have ever spent on computer forensic hoo-ha. I've recovered drives that I'd held out no hope whatsoever for. It's worth a shot. If you can reconstruct the sectors the FAT was sitting on, you stand a dandy chance of resuscitating the drive at least long enough to extract the data.
From: hairyears
Date: December 7th, 2007 - 06:12 pm (Link)
The difficulty is going to be mounting the drive: I have a USB box that's essentially an IDE cable and a power supply - very useful for old hard drives, and for backups - but it's not the form factor for laptop drives.
From: barakta
Date: December 7th, 2007 - 09:29 pm (Link)
You can get 3.5" to 2.5" IDE adaptors which might work with the USB to IDE convertor. IIRC my partner paid about £2 for one on ebay a few years back and some random geek might have one.