My 3 year-old HDD failed and refused to boot. I tried a CD of DOS-based programs to see if any files could be recovered. One program 'Winternals Disk Commander' presented me with an explorer-type two-pane view of all the folders and files, so I was hopeful of some results.
I bought a new drive, and transferred the faulty one to an external caddy. The latter wasn't recognised by the system. I tried the recovery CD again, but a lot of programs only recognised the C:\ drive, and not my Slave or the (faulty) external drive ('Winternals Disk Commander' included).
Two programs, 'Recover my Files', and 'O&O Disk Recovery' listed all the drives, and 0&O recovered tens of thousands of files (some perfect, some useless), but the amount of duplicates was staggering.
Is there any program that can restore the file structure of the disk, and present me with a list of the files and folders - or has that part gone for good.