Need data restored from an unrecognized IDE Drive

Have a data drive which recently became unavailable and prevents Windows from booting up.  The BIOS can see it.  I've slaved it to another system, and after logging in, Windows runs the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard as it recognizes it.  In Computer Management, it appears as an Unknown, Not Initialized Disk with it's partition data Unallocated.  I ran R-Undelete and it can't read this disk because it doens't appear as a valid drive.
What options, if any do I have before sending this drive to a data recovery service?
Thank you
guitar-daveAsked:
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
Try this...

fix /mbr


Data recovery service
http://www.gillware.com
Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
Microsoft article on how to get into the recovery console so that you can run fixmbr: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q229716/
willcompCommented:
If repairing MBR as recommended by irwinpks doesn't work, may want to try SpinRite or GetDataBack.

Agree that Gillware is good and also the most reasonably priced data recovery service I know of.

http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download2773.html

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scrathcyboyCommented:
dont use spinrite, it changes the disk boot structure, and might make the problem worse.  Getdataback does not change anything on the disk, and you have the highest chance of recovery.  Also is a program recover my files, look at both of these, www.runtime.org for getdataback, and www.recovermyfiles.com for that one.  Getdataback is a proven recovery program, free to see what it can get, small fee to recover.
willcompCommented:
Depends on whether GetDataBack can access disk or not.  If it can, that's the way to go, if not, SpinRite may be able to repair.
Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
cool. thank you!
willcompCommented:
What was the outcome and what did the trick?  Inquiring minds want to know.
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