I'm facing a bit of a problem.
A friend gave me a faulty hard drive from her laptop. She wishes me to recover the files on the disk, because it should contain pictures of her now-deceased mother that she hadn't backed up.
I installed the disk in my computer, Windows' disk management recognizes the disk, but gives the message (trying to translate Dutch--> English):
Disks should be initialised before you are able to acces them via Management of logical disks. Select the disks: (Disk 0 is selected) Us the following partition style for the selected disks: MBR GPT
Selecting MBR and 'OK' gives an error code:
Cannot execute because of an error in a I/O-device.
I tried to copy the entire disk (including errors) to a safe place using Miray's HD Clone. While the program recognizes the disk, it hangs after clicking 'start copying'.
Then I tried using Seagate's File Recovery.
This recognises the disk as well, it notices that it doesn't have an MBR, so it gives me the option to scan the entire disk for known file types.
After clicking 'Scan' it gives me the warning:
"During disk drive acces, a read error occured. Please be advised that further use of this disk drive can cause additional damage which may prevent any further data recovery attempt by software. In-lab Data Recovery is suggested for disk drives experiencing physical failures such as read errors.
Because an in-lab data recovery can cost up to 750 euro (about 840 dollar), at a forensic facility over here in the Netherlands, I did ignore the warning and made File Recovery do a search for about one-and-a-half hours. After that time it had scanned the first 48 MB of the 500GB hard disk.
The scan results show that it didn't find anything in this time.
Is there something I could do to recover the important photos, or is it really her problem wether she is willing to pay such a large amount of money for in-lab-recovery?