Recently had the smaller of two hard drives in my system suffer an electronics failure. Fortunately, I was using the smaller drive as a back-up device on just the chance of a failure of either the main or the back-up drive.
Regrettably, I had some small number of files on that back-up drive that were not duplicated on the main drive. Like I said, I think the drive suffered an electronics failure, so I'm assuming the FAT and the other files on the platters are still intact. Guess I'm wondering what anyone says about the effectiveness of some of these commercial software programs that claim to be able to recover data from failed hard drives. Any thoughts there?
Second, in the alternative that the software approach is not tenable, what's the thinking about any outfits that do hard disk data recovery? Any recommendations or record on success rate and more importantly what kind of fee you could anticipate paying for recovering maybe some number of MBs of data from the drive?