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by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) October 2, 2008 11:20 AM PDT

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Ways to recover data from a corrupt hard drive?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 10/2/08 11:20 AM

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My college daughter's 120GB hard drive recently stopped working. She didn't hear any noise--it just stopped working.

I put another hard drive in the machine and set it up with OS and applications, and then put her old drive in as a slave and tried to look at it, but a message comes up that says it's unreadable. Other attempts say the hard drive is corrupt.

I have tried a few free programs such as pci_filerecovery.exe and the drive doesn't even show up. And the pci_us_smartrecovery.exe for photos, but most of the BMPs and JPEGs recovered aren't viewable and they both run so slowly that I was only at 10 percent after three full days of running.

She's a college student and can't afford hefty professional recovery labs. Is there any good, reasonably priced software or process that will reliably recover Word documents and photos? Please help.

--Submitted by Chuck

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