I have a hard drive, its about 5 years old. It was running Windows XP on a laptop until a week ago. Windows stopped booting, just started in a cycle of rebooting instantly after the Windows logo appeared.
I installed the drive in a different computer and did a scan disk on it, etc and it came up with many un-recoverable errors. What I need to do is recover some documents the user's folder Documents And Settings -> Username -> My Documents.
Windows will not even attempt to read it, it just asks if I want to format the drive. I have tried booting from a Linux disk, tried several free recovery programs. Most of the free programs map out all contents of the drive when looking at the root except "Documents and Settings". All other folders are listed.
At this point, it has been recommended that I purchase Spinrite software for the drive. I was told that if anything could get the data back, that would be the best bet.
Does anyone agree/disagree with this route? Have you had any luck with Spinrite, is this the right kind of situation to use it?
Thanks for the help.