I have XP sp3 home on a laptop and crashed windows. I tried PC inspector and when it recovered photos they were bottom half solid grey and top half fine. Has anyone else had this problem and what did you do.
Now for the strange part, I used Maxtor Maxblast a free program and backed up the crashed drive with no compression. I ended up with nine 4.1 gig. sections that will fit nicely on dvd's. While looking thorugh these by just opening the files I found all my data intact and recoverable.
I though the maxtor would just make a image of the crashed OS and I could then use data recovery software to dig it out. Instead I don't need data recovery software as when it imaged it, it recovered everything to an accesable condition. Seems really strange.
If I can't get PC inspector to work I guess I will just use a demo of payware to verify what maxtor did and be happy with my results.
Oh, and here is the link to Maxtor Maxblast http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/
What appears to be a non-recovery, recovery software for free.