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Do not have a need to recover failed hard drive data very often, but when I do I'm completely out of the loop on the "best" HDD data recovery apps.  In the cases where a HDD is functioning well enough, which apps are the most common?  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks.

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Some people are going to recommend Spinrite.  I am sure there are others.  I tired Spinrite on a failed drive many years ago but it would not work.  The bearing was failed in the drive so there was no way to recover the data (other than sending it to some specialist who could put the platters in a different HDD to try recovering the info).

 

However, nothing works as good as having backups to begin with.  It's so much easier pulling the data off a good backup or from the cloud instead of messing around with data recovery software.

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I've had good luck with "Get Data Back" from Runtime Software.  It's reasonably priced, available in several flavors (FAT, NTFS, even one for RAID) and has saved my data (and customer's data) numerous times. 

 

One reason I like it is that (even though the product has been updated several times) my license hasn't ever expired -- I first purchased it probably almost 10 years ago and I can still go use my code to download the latest version.  It's nice to use a product that isn't trying to soak me every time there's an upgrade!

 

The only times it didn't help at all were drives that were more-or-less non-functional, and would need a professional data-recovery service (if it's worth paying that much). 

 

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Spin-Rite is pretty much the same.  You buy one time and that's it.  Even though you have to pay for the product up front, if you write back and tell Steve it did not work, he will refund your money.  Now obviosuly, if the drive is making any sort or mechanical noise, you've waited too long.

 

Nothing like a good set of backups to fix just about any problem.

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The first thing to do is run CHKDSK. It's a simple thing, but it works if the issue is that the File Table is corrupt.

 

After that, I do recommend SpinRite. I've used it many, many times and it has worked in more than 95% of the cases.

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I've had good luck with "Get Data Back" from Runtime Software.  It's reasonably priced, available in several flavors (FAT, NTFS, even one for RAID) and has saved my data (and customer's data) numerous times. 

 

 

I'll 2nd this. I've used the FAT version of Get Data Back to recover data from an external drive. I removed the drive from its case (USB connection limits access to certain ATA commands) and attached it directly to the motherboard via SATA cable. It took the better part of the day, but GDB recovered 20,000+ photos for a grateful client who had no backup.

 

I had tried a number of other things including SpinRite but this problem was beyond any of those solutions.

 

 

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I'm using Windows7 64-bit operating system, it seems the same like you.

I purchased Kviosft Data Recovery Software for windows recently to recover my failed hard drive file.

It's very easy to use, just a few clicks, then I got my files back. I recommend the software here is because it has the cheapest price compared with other data recovery software. You could have a try.

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