A DIY solution (software) is offered by http://www.ontrack.com/ for example. But I don't think it's freeware.
They will do a free advice anyway, so you can compare the costs. With $1150 at stake you might like a second opinion.
Consider thinking about a backup strategy.
I have had this Samsung 160 GB IDE Hard Drive for about 1 years, and it has failed terribly. Or so I think.
The main problem I believe is the MBR is damaged, and there are some damaged sectors. What I was wondering was, does anyone have any not too expensive and fast solutions?
I have been trying numerous ways to recover my hard drive for about 5 months or more.
It would help me soooooo much if someone would respond quickly, because school is going to start soon, and I must concentrate this year! and have my hd back!
By the way:
I did send my hard drive already to a local hard drive recovery center.
They sent me this in my email:
We have received your Hard Disk Drive, upon our engineers evaluation we have diagnosed your media with a severe software problems. The crashed media has a lot of damaged sectors and logical failures. It may still be possible for us to recover your data, in order for us to proceed we would need a confirmation either by e-mail or by phone from your side as soon as possible. From the moment we receive your confirmation the recovery process will begin. However we cannot always guarantee a totally successful recovery as well as maintain the time frame promised. We truly appreciate your business. Customer Satisfaction is priority number one for our company. We are looking forward to hearing from you in the nearest future.
price for the recovery comes to $1150.00
I think this pricing is wayyyy to high... Anyone else think that?
I am running XP Pro, I have 2 external hard drive enclosures, and can aqcuire software.
I may be getting a new computer though, so hardware is subject to change.
It would help soooo much if someone could help me!