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I have a 40 gig hard drive, that was formatted with ntfs and had a bunch of stuff on it. recently i did something and it is more or less dead. the computer will not boot off the hard drive. so i put the hard drive in another computer (windows xp) and it said the hard drive is not formatted and asked to format it. i said no, because i don't know if there is any way to recover. is there a free way to recover my files? either with linux or a program in windows, or something. or is the data just all gone?
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Free and paid versions:
Zero Assumption
http://www.z-a-recovery.com/setup.exe 

Freeware:
File Scavenger - http://www.quetek.com .
It supports data recovery from memory sticks & USB drives.

http://crazyone.tekmasters.com/datarecovery.html
Some data recovery tools here (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Q_21014635.html#11240391)

PC INSPECTOR
http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm 
File Recovery is a data recovery program that supports the FAT 12/16/32 and NTFS file systems. The current version 3.x replaces the previous version 2.x, which is now over 6 years old.


Restoration
http://www.webattack.com/Freeware/system/fwdatarecovery.shtml
http://www.snapfiles.com/Freeware/system/fwdatarecovery.html

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here some more :

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/collection/0,collid,1295,00.asp            Free Recovery

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by:Titanium_Sniper
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After all attempts to rectore the drive through software,
try freezing the drive in your freezer to recover the data, it works sometimes as a LAST RESORT.
This usually works only once if at all and only untill the drive thaws out.

SPINRITE is my favorite and has a money back guarantee if it isn't great but its expensive.
http://www.grc.com/spinrite.htm
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by:Rob Williams
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Application called GetDataBack is very popular. Install it on your working drive and let it recover the data on the dead drive. Advantage of this application is you can download and run for free. If it finds data you want to recover, it will prompt you for an install key, only when you wish to copy the data. At that time you can buy a license, install the key, and away you go. If it cannot recover the data, no need to buy a license and no money spent:
http://www.runtime.org/gdb.htm
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by:etwyrick
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Look on website www.grc.com.  Spinrite 6 is the only product I am aware of that will refresh your hard drive's surface and possibly recover the data, but you will have to pay for it.  Depends on what the problem might be, of course, and how valuable the information is.
Depending on the nature of the problem, this program might take 12 hours to 2 days to do the recovery.
However, there is NOTHING like this on the market; the only similar product was Disk Technician, which went out of business years ago, before NTFS.
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by:wilniuk
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Read this: http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/7596 
A complete procedure is described, with references to free Linux software.
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Thanks guys, got it to work. splitting points.
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by:collinwinget
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i found the program i used off one of the links coral47 or nobus gave me. i don't remember which one, so i'll split the points in half.
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Thank you much.    : )

Good to hear you got it done.   : )
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