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Njoyda Sauce writes "Recently a friend handed me what he described as a "dead disk" and pleaded with me to help him recover the data on it. I did some googling, and was astounded at the number of tools available. Worse yet, there are few good reviews or first hand accounts for any of the software out there actually saving data.
It seems to me that the even when a particular piece of software works well for one user, it often does not for another. Things like disk manufacturer, format type, interface, age, and problem symptoms, all seem to affect which solution works best.
In situations where you have some unknowns such as format type are there some good generic solutions out there for Windows? Are there a number of tools that you use to perform the whole task such as one for diagnosis and one for repair?"