what is the best tool of software to recover data from a Toshiba 1.5 TB external drive

Good evening experts,

I am desperate to recover data that I moved over to a brand new Toshiba 1.5 tb external
hard drive that I bought only six months ago. I have been very careful with it and always the eject the drive from the usb icon on my Windows 7 computer. I called Toshiba and they basically told me to go fly a kite. They are more than willing to replace the drive , but I don't care about the drive, I want my data back. I put all my eggs in one basket and got burned, so please, no re-criminations, or "your should have backed your data on more than one device" ,, just give me possible solutions. I already feel stupid for not backing up to multiple areas. I am going to the cloud as, hard drives will always crash at some point. At least this way I have redundancy and fault tolerance.

I need some actually concrete solutions to bringing my data back. I went out and bought a 2 TB western digital hard rive, so I will have a device to recover to, then I will put it all on the cloud.

I cloned the drive with clonezilla thinking that the partitions on the Toshiba were corrupt, so my thinking was that if I clone to another drive, the partition tables will be intact and my data will be available, but this was not the case. Clonezilla (which I love) did its job in cloning , but it cloned the Toshiba drive verbatim. I also purchased ( that's how desperate I am) called  EaseUse data recovery wizard. It has been going for 8 hours and 39 minutes and still has 4 hours and 42 minutes until completion. It says its found over a million files so far, but I wonder if it will retain my filestructure:

There's got to be a better way. I don't want to have to spend 1000's of dollars to get my data back, but I will if I have to, because my life is on this stupid Toshiba.

Please help,
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One of the best is GetDataBack. Run the demo and see if it sees your data. If yes, buy it to recover the data.

A couple of good free ones are:


It does not need to be installed, and can be run from a USB.

Tutorial http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step
Emmanuel AdebayoGlobal Windows Infrastructure Engineer - ConsultantCommented:
Sorry to hear this, it does sometimes happen, it has happened to me before but we always learn.

Recuva is good - http://www.piriform.com/recuva

dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
Try GetDataBack as recommended by coral47.

No joy then try R-Studio http://www.r-studio.com/

Again free to try like GetDataBack.  You pay for full functionality.
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since you are trying a good recovery software, look first if it did the job
you can try others (they often use another way of accessing the data, eg Stellar : http://www.stellarinfo.com/                              Stellar

in case these don't help, your only way is a data recovery service, here some links :
http://www.lowcostrecovery.com/index.html                        data recovery Company
http://www.gillware.com/                                 "           "                   "

look for one in your neighbourhood, or town, and check their policy and fee

btw - making an clone is a good idea
try also running HDDRegenerator, if fixed many drives for me

***i hope you connected the drive directly to a sata cable?  this will run 3-5x faster than over an USB bridge (and the bridge won't handle errors correct either)

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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for your wonderful links. This experience has really depressed me, because this is data that I have accumulated over a period of years. I will try all your proposed solutions and see which ones work the best. Please be patient with me while I test.

madunix (Fadi SODAH)Commented:
We use for our office the following software, they are really good

but you can find other software, i ll try to list them
Active File Recovery
Active Partition Recovery
Art Plus Digital Photo Recovery
DiskInternals Partition Recovery
EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional
File Scavenger recovery
Handy Recovery
Iolo Search and Recover
Magic Recovery Professional
OnTrack Easy Recovery Professional
PC Inspector File Recovery
PC Tools File Recover
Pen Drive data recovery
Photo Recovery Genius
Power Data Recovery
R-Studio Data Recovery
Runtime GetDataBack for NTFS
Seagate FILE RECOVERY for Windows
Sim Card Data Recovery
Smart Data Recovery for USB Flash Drives
USB Flash Drive Data Recovery
WinMend Data Recovery
here the HDDRegenerator link :  http://www.dposoft.net/hdd.html
you can run the trial, and check if it fixes a sector, before buying it
BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
Good afternoon Gentlemen,
 when I get such good results, its hard to delineate the points accordingly. you all were very supportive and not scolding. I thank you for this. I hope that I haven't missed anyone in the allocation of point. For clarity, I downloaded all of the free trials and ran some preliminary testing and most of them seem to show data. However , EaseUs is the one I bought and it is giving me great results. I don't doubt that the other will too. I am closing this ticket , but will continues to test which one of your picks also preserves the file structure. EaseUs does to a point , but I will try other afterwards , so its going to be a long time before I called Toshiba and ask for a replacement drive, as I want to get as much data off as possible.
I am so glad I didn't have to pay $1295.00 for data recovery services.
Thank you for the feedback and the Points.    : )

>> ...but will continues to test which one of your picks also preserves the file structure

Sounds like a plan.   Have fun.    ; )
>>  to pay $1295.00   <<   i'm sure that was not gillware you contacted; their fees are normally lower
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