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Western Digital Hard Drive going bad

I work somewhere that we need to get the data off of a hard drive very badly.  I am looking for options on how to get the data off myself without having to pay lots of money. We have tried numerous things such as spinrite, knoppix, and other recovery software.  You can feel the drive spinning the entire time it seems like but it will only recognize it part of the time.  When it does recognize the drive it will usually lock up the system at some point and removing its connection is the only solution. If you don't have any suggestions but know of a good place that restores these drives for a good price please let me know.  However we are more than willing to try many items before sending it off.
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pchtech
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discgmanCommented:
How are you connecting to the device? IDE slaved or an usb to ide device?
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pchtechAuthor Commented:
We have tried both ways.
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sharkbot221984Commented:
you could try using Clonezilla live CD to make an image of the drive, then mount the image and copy files off.  I have done this once before with a dying Maxtor drive.

http://clonezilla.org/clonezilla-live.php

http://www.daemon-tools.cc/eng/downloads

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hatheharikenCommented:
from what you are saying, i think its a physical issue with the drive, not a logical one.
try this:

put the HDD in a sealed plastic bag, and put it in a fridge (not a freezer) for a few hours
take out, connect directly to the motherboard (not via USB convertors) and boot up.

run clonezilla as sharkbot has suggested.
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hatheharikenCommented:
glad to be of help.
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