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Recovering Files from a corrupt NTFS drive.

Hi guys,

I have an NTFS drive with a lot of corrupt data on it.

It is holding some pretty important stuff for a client of mine.

It was working then all of a sudden "woosh" nearly all data is unaccessible.

I can plug it in as an external and access a small portion of the files, but nearly all the data is corrupt : (

Chkdsk /r takes a long time and doesnt help the issue.

When windows scans the disk on bootup I get File Record Segment xxx is Unreadable on a huge chunk of segments.  (I left this going for 4 days and it was still going through segments 1 by 1 giving me this error.)

are there any free tools that I can use to regenerate the drive?

I am hoping to find a program that wont effect any professional data recovery as my next step is to send it to a recovery company.

I am also happy to pay a bit of money for a program if I can get a quality program.  I have found a few online but dont want to invest in anything until I get some recommendations.

Also, if anyone thinks that I have no chance of recovering these files then please let me know.

Thanks heaps guys, any help would be great.
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SM17CH
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haileysdadCommented:
I would try using Recuva.  It is a freeware utility that revives data from crashes due to viruses.  This is the link http://www.filehippo.com/download_recuva/
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skywalker39Commented:
Hi SM17CH,

I know that your looking for free recovery software, however I know some great software but there not free. If your interested, here's the links:

http://www.diskinternals.com/
http://www.easeus.com/
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have used SpinRite (not free) to recover data on damaged disks. I was lucky in the sense that what I really needed for the client was not damaged and therefore was recovered. There are no guarantees at all, but it is a good program. ... Thinkpads_User
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dbruntonCommented:
Try GetDataBack http://www.runtime.org/  Free to try.  If it sees the missing files you pay for full functionality.

Also look at PCInspector http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm and Recuva http://www.recuva.com/

Both are free.

I'd try GetDataBack.  If it sees your files then try the free ones.  If they work you save money.
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FatMancCommented:
Hi there,

I've tried and successfully used OnTrack Easy Recovery Professional. It has a number of recovery types ie format, deleted or raw and when you use a combination of all three you do stand a fair chance of getting some files back.

You do need a second drive/partition to store the recovered files on and the process can take a few hours.

http://www.ontrackdatarecovery.co.uk/easyrecovery-professional/

For more info.

Good luck

John
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nobusCommented:
all the software above is good; some will work better than others though, so try them.
but : rule n° 1 : do NOT use the drive for anything other than to recover your data (running chkdsk in such cases may ruin it further)
i also suggest NOT to connect it over an usb connection, since you add an interface layer then.
i suggest to connect the drive DIRECTLY to an IDE or SATA port on the pc, then run recovery.
if you have the data, you can test your drive with the diag you need  : http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

if you can't recover your data, these guys can help : http://www.gillware.com/      
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SM17CHAuthor Commented:
Hi guys,
Thanks heaps for all the info,
I used a few of these programs but had no luck.
I ended up letting the client know and he chose to suck it up and started again rather than send it away for professional recovery.
Cheers
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nobusCommented:
as i said : they don't work then...
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