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How Can I Recover Windows Hard Drive Data?

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To me this means that the data simply must be recovered and there is no possibility of loosing it which is acceptable.

The only answer to offer under those conditions is to send the drive to a Specialist Data Recovery House who is capable of reading the platters directly and not relying on any other part of the drive to actually be working.

Sure it's going to be expensive but if you simply must recover the data that is your best bet and if it is possible to recover they will be able to do it.

Any of the above suggestions which say use whatever software is not an Option here as the data must be recovered and it's loss is unacceptable under any circumstance. The more that the OP messes unsuccessfully with the drive the lower the chances of a Complete Recovery are and they are making that Recovery Attempt much more expensive so the best advice anyone could give here is to send it to a Specialist who has a History of Recovering Data of severely damaged HDD.

I would recommend Kroll Ontrack as they managed to get data off a HDD that was on-board Colombia months after it's destruction on Reentry into the Earths Atmosphere where as most other so called Data Recovery Houses wouldn't have touched the drive to begin with.

Just my 2 cents worth though and if it would Just be Nice to recover the data and it's loss isn't such an issue then any of the above Software Suggestions may work but equally they just as likely may not depending on what is actually wrong with the drive.

I should also point out if the drive was Encrypted none of the above suggestions will enable any form of Readable Data Recovery they all will just enable the OP to recover the Encrypted Files which will remain Unreadable no matter what they attempt to do with them. However the Good Data Recovery Houses will be able to recover Encrypted Files in a readable form so that they are usable.

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