I have a friend that does that from time to time. It's not free and runs about 1+ kilobuck for a recovery. Cheap if you are recovering source code or medical records.
For home, you look at www.drivesavers.com and others.
Your approach is fine, but rarely do I see complete recovery.
Try a demo? http://www.stellarinfo.com/disk-recovery.htm
I have a problem with a hard drive and I am trying to discover whether there is any hope of further recovery.
The drive is a 120gig sata Maxtor. My computer experienced a corruption and halted. After powering up again the drive was corrupt.
I have now run the Maxtor powermax tools and the utility has decided it is damaged and as it is under warranty I can have the drive replaced.
I am unwilling to do this until all possibilities of recovery are extinguished. Though whether it is worth resorting to the final option of clean room recovery I haven?t decided yet.
Unfortunately I have not left the drive alone as I should have done and have made many attempts to recover data before coming across the fact that trying to fix the problem may have worsened it.
The situation I have now is that there are various sections of the drive that seem to be damaged. If I use recovery software the drive is able to be accessed until it hits a damaged sector. Once it hits a damaged sector the drive is unable to be accessed until a restart, it "disapears" from the system. Due to this no image of the drive is able to be made.
Using various software I am able to access the undamaged sections one area at a time but I believe the drive was badly fragmented before the failure so recovery of actual data has so far been fairly limited as the files probably span between sections.
I Have so far recovered around 10gb of over 100gb of data.
Does anyone know of any software that I can use to manually specify the sector ranges of more than one section at a time to be recovered to avoid the damaged sections and recover all data that is able to be accessed.
Any help greatly appreciated