My Dell Laptop has a bad hard drive (BSOD, failed chkdsk command with multiple bad sectors). Based on great help I received on recovering an external drive--
-- I have booted on a linux (knoppix) disk to read the drive name and execute a dd_rescue command to make an image first.
It's definintely encountering some problems -- successfully transferring some data but getting a lot of hits for input/output errors and the "errxfer" qty is now bigger than the "succxfer" qty. I'll report the final qantities when it is finshed. What should be my next step? I don't want to use the drive, but it had a lot of software loaded so if it were possible to get those installs on my new hard drive it would be fantastic.