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Hi There

I am in an office at the moment and I am trying to get 5 or 6 files off a hard drive has failed. These fires are critical for running the unique database that was written for them. When I plug a cradle with the drive into the PC it is showing up in XP. However it will not let me access it.

I have ran a Quickscan on the drive with software called Active Partition Recovery for Windows Enterprise. This allowed me to navigate through the file structure to the folder that I needed. However when I saved the folder there were a number of files missing.

With this software is telling me that the MBR is correct and the backup matches the main settings. So I cannot repair the partition either.

The file types are FPT and DBF. They are unique files for this customised database.

There are no backups as the wrong files were being backed up.

Any help here would be appreciated.
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The best recovery software I know is getdataback. Scan the drive with it first and if it sees your files, register it so you can copy them to another location:

http://runtime.org

If this tool doesn't help, your only other option is a professional recovery agency (would be the best option anyway). Gillware is the best example:

http://gillware.com/
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There is no universal technique to restore a corrupt drive. This said, likely every attempt you make can possibly make things worse.
First thing to do before any attempt to recover your files  is to perform a sector copy to a known good drive.
Use something like Symantec Ghost.
There is no guarantee of successful copy but you will have more forgiveness in terms of errors during the cologne process.
If successful, make another duplicate to work on and always keep the "gold" master.
Good luck
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I attempted to run Clonezilla to have a copy of the drive just in case I made it all worse. However it showed errors.
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Try getdataback.its a professional software for data recovery.
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Thanks for the replies.

I have got to a stage where I was able to run chkdsk. Repairs were made to the drive so that I could retrieve the files in question. All but one. This last file is propebly the most important. The database will not work without it. I get a cyclic redundancy error when I try and move the file to the new drive.

I will have a look at getdataback tomorrow when I'm in the office. This might do the trick. If you have any further ideas please let me know.
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In case you try a recovery service, contact several, and ask for their policy and fee; many have a “No recovery - no fee”policy
Here are a few links links:
http://www.lowcostrecovery.com/index.html                         
http://www.gillware.com/                                 
http://www.drivesavers.com/services/estimates.html                     

Most large cities have local data recovery shops with "walk-in" service.
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All the help was great. What worked in the end was repeat chkdsk /f & /r. All data retrieved. Of course there was three days of running other software so the system could see the disk first.
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