Hard Drive Recovery -- Service or Tools ?

What hard drive recovery service
or tools do you recommendations
in the USA (Chicago if possible) ?

Details
•      Employee stored data on local C drive instead of network folder
•      western digital
•      SATA
•      250GB
•      Plugged hard drive into my laptop, checking “show hidden files”, nothing displayed
•      Plugged hard drive back into original desktop, inserted Windows 7 disk, Windows found Recovery, tried to do recovery, failed

Maybe one of the below or some TOOLS so I can do on my own ?
  ** http://www.nationwidedatarecovery.com
  ** https://www.gillware.com/
  ** http://www.krollontrack.com/data-recovery
  ** http://www.24hourdata.com
  ** http://support.wdc.com/recovery/index.asp?lang=en&selregion=americas
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Christopher McKayMicrosoft Network AdministratorCommented:
I have had great success with http://runtime.org GetDataBack programs.
You can download the software, scan the drive (without writing to the drive) and see what you can recover before purchasing. If it finds your data, you can purchase and activate without having to download again.

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

Hope this helps!

:o)

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can try a recovery tool such as Recuva (good reputation):

https://www.piriform.com/recuva

Another tool with a good reputation is getbackdata:

http://www.getbackdata.net/

Otherwise you need a data recovery service to get back the data.
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DeleteCommented:
What happened to the drive?  Did the hardware fail or were the files deleted?

If the hardware failed then you would likely need to use a service similar to those that you provided links to.  However, if the files were just deleted then you can use software to try and recover the files such as Undelete Plus (http://undeleteplus.com/).
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
First try to scan the drive with GetDataBack which is one of the best data recovery tools nowadays. If it fails to find the data then have a look on recovery service.
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nobusCommented:
if the data is important - don't try yourself -  use a recovery service in your neighborhood
only if it is not worth 3-400$ at least - try yourself; i also recommend GetDataBack
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