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jimmurch

Before doing anything to the drive that might affect the logical structure of the drive, I'd suggest running SpinRite from www.grc.com Excellent tool for recovering data from damaged drives. He offers a money back guarantee. I've been using this for well over ten years and you'd be surprised to see how many problems with drives have been completely corrected by this tool. Your message about a corrupt MFT might just be a small part of the MFT that is unreadable. Spinrite can fix this sort of error. In any case, it won't hurt.

The other tools mentioned here have their place but also have the potential to dig you into a deeper hole since they alter the existing logical structures on the drive.