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By Borg7of9 ·
Hello, can anyone recommend reasonably priced data recovery software. I want to be able to recover data from both FAT and NTFS file systems. I have found many softwares, but am having a hard time deciding which one to choose.

Also, is is preferable a OS independant software, booting from CD Rom, or an OS installed tool.

here are to sites I was looking at

www.data-recovery-software.com
and
www.data-recovery-software.net

any recommendations or help much appreciated.

I also found a free tool at www.convar.de but it seems to take a long time to scan a drive.

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by BFilmFan In reply to Data recovery software

Data recovery is never ever a guarantee. Just always remember the rule of life:

"If the sales person's lips are moving, they are lying." Having been a sales person in the past, I didn't do very well, since I prefer to tell the truth. It is easier than remembering what you have lied about.

Anyway, on a data recovery, I recommend that if you don't have backup media with the files on them (and yah I've been guilty of that for my personal systems in the past too), then have a company do it for you. Most of the tools are going to cost as much as their services, once you account for the software costs and the time involved in your fiddling with it and praying it works.

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by caestelle In reply to Data recovery software

If you are talking about recovering data from a damaged drive, I have had good luck with SpinRite by Gibson Research Corporation. It costs $89 and it can be run by booting to a floppy disk. I have been able to recover data from several damaged drives using this software. Below is a link to their site:
http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm

If you are wanting to be able to recovered data that has accidentally been deleted, I use Get Data Back by Runtime Software. They sell tow versions, one for FAT($69) and another for NTFS($79). Here is a link to their site:
http://www.runtime.org/gdb.htm

I hope this helps!!

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by Borg7of9 In reply to Data recovery software

Thanks for your comments, however, I have tried a few tools, and they seem to work, and the prices range from 29 to about 500 for most of them, which seems reasonable to me. I am simply looking for people who can recommend a prefered product, or one that is a good price and has worked for them. As without more disk failures to test on, its hard to evaluate comp[letely all products. Also all that I have tried, let you download the product to see what you can recover, before buying it, seems fair to me.

That being said, I still would like more feedback on people who are like a product and have used it a few times with sucess.

Thanks

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by Borg7of9 In reply to Data recovery software

Hi Ravens, thanks for the tips, I will check them out, I have heard good things about gibsons research in general, must go take a look

thanks

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by PC_Kahuna In reply to Data recovery software

I have used Recover It All, http://www.dtidata.com/recover_it_all.htm and OnTrack, http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/ both with great success.

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by wlbowers In reply to Data recovery software

Remember that you will never get a drive brought to you for recovery until every Tom, **** and Cousin Irving has had a chance to fiddle with it.

Data recovery should never, never be done on a drive that is the boot volumn.

Install the drive as a slave on a system. Run the data recovery tools from there.

Save the recovered files to a 3rd drive. Never to the drive you are recovering from.

Check these folks out. Software every service man or recovery technician should have.

http://www.winternals.com/

When it is got to be done go to the experts.

http://www.iomegadatarecovery.com/


Good Luck Lee

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