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    This is my first question to the Lounge Lizards. I have been reading the Langa List for years and now read Windows Secrets, although I am a rank novice I have learned and used many tips to make my computing experience enjoyable and enlightening. I am hoping someone has experience with Hard Drive Mechanic. I have a crashed hard drive that I couldn't recover by using the rescue disc I made. I am considering purchasing the Hard Drive Mechanic and have spent a couple hours searching out reviews and they are either very good reviews or very bad reviews. No in between. Not sure if it is a situation of actual users or people that work for the software company extolling their product VS people from competitors trying to trash Hard Drive Mechanic. Hopefully, a fellow Lounge Lizard can help. I am aware of other programs that cost much more, but I am on a limited budget. It would be great if this program does what it says. I am also aware that some drives can not be recovered, depending on the damage. I believe my drive crashed because of a corrupt download of a questionable Java Update. Hopefully that fact, if correct, will not be too serious to prevent a recovery. Thanks in advance for any assistance that is offered.

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    I'm not familiar with that program, but what are the symptoms of your drive crash?

    For example, if you attach the drive using a USB external drive caddy, does the drive show up in the Device Manager's "Disk Management" dialog? If so, do the partitions still show a proper file system or do they show "RAW"?

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    After I got a new HD, I connected the old drive as a slave and when I went to My Computer it showed the old drive but when I tried to access it I got the message that the drive was unreadable or corrupted. I have since disconnected the old drive while I searched for a way to access it.The old drive is PATA connected by a wide ribbon.
    I'm not familiar with a USB external drive caddy. I don't know if my response helps you any. Thanks for you reply.

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