We used the software from http://www.lostpassword.com
Lost my boot drive to hardware crash. System BIOS does not even see it and will not let new boot drive work if installed as a slave.
Using XP Pro with latest service packs and had an external USB drive for my data. The problem is most of my data was in encrypted folders.
Murphy's law says that of course I don't have backup's of the certificates needed to let the most popular decryption program recover the data.
After much searching find I have 2 options.
1) Find better decryption software (I found out that Micro$oft and the government has some, unadvertised of course).
2) Find a hard drive data recovery company and send it them so they can either recover my old OS and/or certificates then use publicly available software to recover the data on my USB drive. Some reviews of these type companies make me wonder if I can trust their price quotes.
So I can recover my data, but option 2 is costly and time consuming and I am not sure of the best company.