I have a data recovery problem with an IBM (hitachi actually) hard disk where the SMART functionality on the drive is sick (DFT confirms this. With SMART turned on the drive fails. with it off the data can be accessed). The only systems I have avauilable have Award BIOS (or the compaq sort-of-bios/some stuff on the HD) and do not have any way to disable the SMART function on the drive.
The data in question is in an NTFS partition on the drive so I cannot simply use DOS and the DFT utility to turn off SMART then read the data. (and there are in fact some data errors but most of the data seems to be OK. DFT CAN read the disk surface).
Is there any way that I can convince the drvice drivers in W2K (or NT).