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    Data Recovery

    Does anyone know of a FREEWARE or DEMO of a Data Recovery program. One that isn't crippleware or isn't one that just lets you look but not restore any files?

    A buddy on mine had his HD trashed by his grandson. Don't know HOW he did it but the OS file system isn't even a recognized type like NTFS or Fat32. An analyzer says it's RAW format? That's a photo format, no?

    I did run one ( which takes FOREVER ) and it reported that some files were recoverable and I could preview them. They were legit JPEGs. This is mainly what my bud wants to recover if possible.
    Right now he is having withdrawal symptoms doing without his PC.
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    Re: Data Recovery

    No personal experience with it and it's not free, but a trial version...eImageRecovery.

    Or you might want to look into something like this RAW recovery utility or one of the others from this Google search.
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    Re: Data Recovery

    Hi Bob,
    I have tested PC INSPECTOR™ File Recovery 4 (Freeware), for simple tasks, and it has been working good then, but it was for deleted files. (CONVAR also produces the "smart recovery" for different types of flash cards & memory sticks typically used in cameras).

    Some info from their site tells it (File Recovery 4) should be quite capable:
    <UL><LI>Finds partitions automatically, even if the boot sector or FAT has been erased or damaged
    <LI>Recovers files with the original time and date stamp
    <LI>Supports the saving of recovered files on network drives
    <LI>Recovers files, even when a header entry is no longer available. Competition products cannot recover such files. The "Special Recovery Function" supports the following disk formats: ARJ AVI BMP CDR DOC DXF DBF XLS EXE GIF HLP HTML HTM JPG LZH MID MOV MP3 PDF PNG RTF TAR TIF WAV ZIP[/list]"PC INSPECTOR™ File Recovery 4.x cannot help if you have mechanical problems with the disk drive. If the hard disk is no longer recognised by the BIOS or is making unusual noises, you should contact the specialists, "CONVAR - The Recovery Team". They will certainly be able to help."

    There is a simple user manual also on site and a FAQ that should be read before using the program.

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    Re: Data Recovery

    Doc and Argus,

    Thanks for the replies. I'll DL them a give them a shot.

    Meanwhile, my friend showed up with a new HD, so I installed that and a fresh copy of XP for him. Gave him his PC back so that he would not suffer from "withdrawal" symptoms. I pulled his old drive and have it sitting here on my desk.

    Doc, I ordered one of those USB to IDE adapter cables that you mentioned in other posts. So, when that comes in I'll give some of these recovery progs a try. At least the pressure is off to get him back in business and I can hopefully have some success in getting some or all of his photos back. Also recommended that he get a copy of True Image and USE it!

    If anyone else knows or hears of other potential recovery progs, I would appreciate hearing about them.
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    Re: Data Recovery

    It sounds like something rather major here Bob - perhaps something beyond "simple" data recovery programs. An alternative route you might consider is to build the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows. It takes a bit of time and downloading (also requires XP SP2 disks for integration) but I've been able to transfer stuff from seemingly totally trashed HDs onto portable USB devices, using the nice array of tools in the PE.

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    Re: Data Recovery

    BadCopy Pro has a trial version available that might last long enough to recover certain files.

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    Re: Data Recovery

    Alan,
    That sounds like a add on to Bart PE, but WHAT an add on! 217 MB download! WHEW! I have DL it and will start checking it out when the adapter cable comes in. Thanks.

    Peter,
    Thanks to you also for your suggestion. I will have some serious testing to do when I start this project up again soon.

    Hopefully, some good will come of this for my friend who is "crying in his beer" now for not having a backup or image. I'm told he just ordered True Image, so we have another convert!

    Thanks again to all.
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    Re: Data Recovery

    Is this thread any use? It helped me out as detailed in one of the posts.

    <!post=Recuva,634,519>Recuva<!/post>,

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    Re: Data Recovery

    Recuva is useful to retrieve files that have been deleted by accident, but it relies on the disk still being in working order. I don't think it'll be much help if Windows doesn't recognize the disk any more.

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    Re: Data Recovery

    True, but Viking's original post implied he'd already scanned the disk (i.e. it is readable by Windows) and found out that there were some recoverable JPG files on it. If he can plug the disk into a working machine Recuva may yet find something <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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    Re: Data Recovery

    Let's hope so! <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

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    Re: Data Recovery

    Ken,

    Not quite true.
    I scanned the disk using a Data Recovery program that only allowed you to see IF there is recoverable data on the disk. It did not do any recovery. So I did see some files that were apparently accessible through disk recovery.

    The hard drive itself is NOT readable from within Windows. I'm sad to say! I have a copy of Recuva.
    Thanks for the suggestion though.
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    Re: Data Recovery

    There are several tools at Products. Smart PC Solutions, Inc. They used to be free but unfortunately are not free anymore. They don't seem too expensive especially when you try to put a price on data.

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    Re: Data Recovery

    Thanks, Joe.

    I'll have to try the other freeware stuff first since I am trying to do this "on the cheap" for a friend.
    If they can't do it, then he will have to make the decision and place whatever value on his photos.
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    Re: Data Recovery

    An update on the status of this thread.

    peterg, I checked Badcopy Pro and it like ALL of the others I have tried thus far, will only analyze the disc contents but not allow restoration of the tantalizing available files. It also does not work on Hard Drives, according to it's details.

    So near and yet so far! Thanks for the suggestion though AND for all of the others who have supplied some leads here.
    Right now, my friend is financially "strapped" and really can't afford the purchase of the full versions of these programs.

    So, I am still in the hunt for something that will get his photos back. I DID receive the USB to IDE adapter that Doc Watson suggested and it does indeed work fine although the one I bought did not come with a power adapter or cable, so I made one up myself. That does the trick OK.
    Now all I need is a Freeware program that will allow restoration as well as analyzing.
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