What’s the best software for recovering data from a corrupt or damaged disk?

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What’s the best software for recovering data from a corrupt or damaged disk?

  1. FIDELIS
    January 6, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Hello, you have to explain a little bit more about the condition of the drive.  Are you getting any errors?  Does the computer start?  Are the drive/drives recognized?  Can drives be read?  There are a few options available even for free.  You would have to try and run this software and then when fixing is done, try accessing your drive. If it was fixed, you would be able to access your drive as before. If it is something wrong with partitions and bad sectors you can also use spinrite.  It is a software similar to hdd regenerator.  With spinrite you can run it in recovery mode or in maintanance mode.  Keep in mind that this softwares run from disc and they can take a long time to scan your drive.  They work with deep scans and if your disk is in a bad condition, they could also finish killing your disk.  It is a paid software though...but it is money well spent:

    http://www.grc.com/spinrite.htm

    For a software similar to hdd regerator and spinrite just that for free, you could download the following:

    HDAT2:
    http://www.hdat2.com/

    After running any of the softwares above, and you still can't access your drive, you can try any of the recovery options mentioned below. Now for recovering software when disk can still be accessed, you can use a linux live CD to try.  This option doesn't cost you anything, just the time spent downloading and burning software to CD or USB flashdrive.  Pretty much any linux live CD would do. 

    knoppix:
    http://www.knoppix.net/

    I have had a lot of good results with Active File/Partition Recovery.  It is a paid software.  You can download the trial and it will let you know what it can recover:

    http://www.file-recovery.net/

  2. Anonymous
    January 6, 2012 at 8:48 am

    well if the hard drive is not recognized by windows then soft will not help, try the same hard drive on linux or mac, if dont work either your best hope will be a technician

  3. Mjevolve
    January 6, 2012 at 8:21 am

    hello . 

    two tools i know of, with good results for recovering data from a drive damaged because of any reason -

    GetDataBack -- http://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm
    R Studio Data Recovery -- http://www.data-recovery-software.net/

    i would also recommend you run this tool too -- 
    HDD Regenerator - http://www.dposoft.net/

    its an excellent tool esp for physically damaged HDDs with bad sectors over it . it will restore the bad sectors and help recover your data .

    try the free version . it will not recover any bad sectors but will let you know how many bad sectors are there on the drive , if there are any .

  4. Mike
    January 6, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Is the disk physically/technically damaged or is it only on the logical level e.g. defective partition table, unknown format, ...?