Recovering Data after a System Recovery. SpinRite - GetDataBack or ?

I have a PC (HP Pavillion A630n) which has just been through a System Recovery....accidentally.  I need to recover whatever data is still available.  I have a copy of SpinRite but have never used it for this purpose.  I've read that it is quite good at recovering data.  I've also read lots of posts that say GetDataBack is very good.  Does anyone have experience with both of these apps?  I know SpinRite can be VERY slow but on the other hand, I hate to buy another app, if SpinRite can do this well!

Any advice would really be appreciated!
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Michael-BestCommented:
I have used both & both are good & take a long time, but if the data is recoverable either will do .
You need a separate hard drive to put recovered data on as you cant copy data to same driv eduing recovery process.
http://www.kickstartnews.com/reviews/utilities/spinrite_v6.html
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Michael-BestCommented:
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I have used both & both are good & take a long time, but if the data is recoverable either will do .
You need a separate hard drive to put recovered data on as you cant copy data to same drive during recovery process.
http://www.kickstartnews.com/reviews/utilities/spinrite_v6.html
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Michael-BestCommented:
SpinRite 5.0 Owner`s Guide SpinRite`s operation manual This is SpinRite`s owners guide which all SpinRite owners should download and print. However, this manual is oriented toward getting the job done:
http://www.download61.com/internet/SpinRite+50+Owner%60s+Guide-241.html
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cwilliambrownAuthor Commented:
Will SpinRite actually recover lost/deleted files such as pictures, Word docs, etc?
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Michael-BestCommented:
I personally think GetDataBack is better but if you have not overwritten  data on HDD your chances are good.
Read:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Network_Management/Disaster_Recovery/Q_24224088.html

(Regards from Michael Best: a Kiwi in Tokyo: I troubleshoot & repair: both, English OS & Japanese OS)
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Michael-BestCommented:
P.S. any compessed files : RAR / ZIP may be lost forever.
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Michael-BestCommented:
GetDataBack
Guide:
"Install GetDataBack on a healthy Windows machine without the drive attached you want to recover from. Make sure you have sufficient space on the "good drive" for storing the recovered data. You also can store the recovered data to a LAN if have access to one. The machine you are running GetDataBack on can have any of the following operating systems: Windows95/98/ME, Windows NT, W2K, Windows XP.
"Shut down the computer and attach the drive you want to recover from ("bad drive") as a 2nd drive. You might need to jumper it differently. Make sure it is recognized correctly by the BIOS when starting up the computer.
http://www.runtime.org/data-recovery.htm

Whatever happened to your drive-
GetDataBack will recover your data if the hard drive's partition table, boot record, FAT/MFT or root directory are lost or damaged, data was lost due to a virus attack, the drive was formatted, fdisk has been run, a power failure has caused a system crash, files were lost due to a software failure, files were accidentally deleted...

Recover even when Windows doesn't recognize the drive-
GetDataBack can even recover your data when the drive is no longer recognized by Windows. It can likewise be used even if all directory information - not just the root directory- is missing.

Get everything back-
Advanced algorithms will make sure that all directories and sub directories are put together as they were, and that long file names are reconstructed correctly.

GetDataBack is safe-
GetDataBack is read-only, meaning the program will never attempt to write to the drive you are about to recover. Please make sure to read the safety instructions...

GetDataBack is easy to use-
The software enables the regular user to conduct his own data recovery by guiding him through three easy to understand steps, thus gives the advanced user the possibility to interfere with the recovery and improve the results, by examining the scan log, the file system details, file and directory information, by selecting the sector range to be scanned, by choosing excessive search for file systems or search for lost files, by calling Runtime's DiskExplorer.

GetDataBack is FREE to try-
Download the trial version and recover your files. You can preview your data to be sure it actually works. If you like the results you do not need run the program again. Purchase the license key and enter it into the open program. Than copy everything you need.

http://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm



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cwilliambrownAuthor Commented:
Any idea if SpinRite can recover lost pictures, Word documents, etc?  I know there is an option for DynaStat Data Recovery when I run it but I believe that only recovers/repairs the OS.  I would test it but SpinRite can take days (literally).
On the other hand, if it will recover the lost files, I don't mind it taking a day.  I would prefer not to spend another $90 for GetDataBack IF SpinRite can do the same thing.  So, I guess that is the big question?  Does SpinRite have this functionality?
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Michael-BestCommented:
Does SpinRite have this functionality?
Yes, see:
05/23/09 02:51 PM, ID: 24456873
SpinRite owners should download and print. However, this manual is oriented toward getting the job done:
http://www.download61.com/internet/SpinRite+50+Owner%60s+Guide-241.html
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Michael-BestCommented:
"which has just been through a System Recovery....accidentally. "
Not sure what you mean?.
"a System Recovery"
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/818903
Should not have deleted any of your data.
If you have accidentally deleted any of your data, then  I recommend:
GetDataBack
05/24/09 05:44 PM, ID: 24460949
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Michael-BestCommented:
You mean :
ASR Restore ?
You should only use the ASR backup to restore your system if all other methods to start your Windows XP system have failed. Your system drive (usually drive C:\) will be formatted and you will lose any information that was not backed up recently!
http://www.helpwithwindows.com/WindowsXP/howto-18.html

I thought you said System Recovery (with OS CD)
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Should not have deleted any of your data.
But:
ASR Restore
So you have accidentally deleted all your data
Then I recommend:
GetDataBack
05/24/09 05:44 PM, ID: 24460949
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Michael-BestCommented:
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cwilliambrownAuthor Commented:
I still don't know if SpinRite has the functionality I was inquiring about.  Thanks for posting links to the manual but I already have it as I own the software.  I had just never used it for this purpose and was hoping someone who had actually used it could answer the question.
I didn't have the time to put SpinRite in motion (it can take days!) not knowing if it would recover actual user-created data files, I ended up going with GetDataBack.  
I have to assume SpinRite does NOT recover user data files, as I could not find it specifically discussed in the manual.
No one really answered my question but since Mike was the only person to respond, he gets the points.
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