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I personally use R-Studio for the majority of data recovery jobs. I have been able to get data back from drives that have been formatted multiple times. It has rarely ever failed me. R-Studio works probably similar to what you are using, it needs to scan the drive then it enumerates the data so you can retrieve what you want.
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If a drive is failing you want to image it as soon as possible, then recover from the image. By reading directly off the disk and trying to recover files you're thrashing it and likely degrading it even more.

A good free tool is Recuva.

What I do is use a linux bootdisc and run ddrescue to get the best image possible. ddrescue has a smart algorithm for how it images drives, it skips right over damaged parts of the disk to get the most data copied out as quick as possible, then goes back to the damaged parts of the disk and fills in the skipped parts of the image, if the drive dies during recovery then at least you got as much data copied as you can. Most imaging programs read sequentially and get stuck on the damaged parts, they thrash the disk retrying bad sectors x number of times, if the drive dies in the middle of that then you missed the data on the rest of the drive.

Of course you'll need an equal amount of free space as the size of the drive you're imaging. Always use a separate drive as the image destination(don't image to a partition on the same drive thats failing).

After getting an image I use windows tools(Getdataback, R-studio) to recover files off it.
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Thanks to both of you.

No, the drive is not failing.
It is, ironically, in pristine condition.

How the owner managed to corrupt the file table till the point that EASEUS cannot recover it is beyond my wonder.

I'll try Recuva now.

EDIT: Recuva doesn't work.

It says 'Unable to read boot sector'.
Edited by Volvo - 2/7/11 at 3:41pm
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One more app to try is this one.
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Downloadhttp://www.cgsecurity.org/testdisk-6.12-WIP.win64.zip
I will check back later to see what you get.
Edited by KILLER_K - 2/8/11 at 10:16am
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thanks for the suggestion dude.
i managed to get the, uh, full version of easeus data recovery and got everything back already though
thanks for the help anyway
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