Data recovery frrom unbootable laptop hard drive
Posted on 2006-06-04
My laptop's hard drive recently failed - bad sectors all over the place, refused to boot. After playing with the fabby Ultimate Boot Disc utilities (which some genius in here directed me to), it was pretty clear it wasn't going to be recoverable. I now have a new one, but it would be handy to get some of the files off the old one. I have a USB/2.5" adapter box, but when I try and access the drive from another PC I just get a 'cyclic redundancy check' error and can't get to what's left of the data.
I've had a look at some of the data recovery software options, but most of them seem to be for accidentally deleted files on functioning drives. None of them specifically mention the sort of recovery I'm attempting, although I could just be looking in the wrong place. As mine can't be accessed by normal means, is there any canny software out there which can be used to view and recover what's left of my files? I'll need to do this in batches because I'm on a borrowed machine now, and only have a few gigs of drive space to play with.
I'm not too bothered about the software - Microsoft expect me to pay for Windows XP again even though I bought a license with the laptop and have a valid key, so I'm going down the Linux path. It's mostly just documents, spreadsheets, video and sound files that I want back.
Any ideas? If it's going to cost I'd prefer something with the option to trial so I know I'm not wasting time AND money :-)