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Recovering a dying hard disk – BEST solution and for FREE

the best solution for me was to download a completely FREE copy of:
Hiren’s Boot CD 15.2 (latest at the time of this article: http://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/)

Burn it to a disk and boot up in Linux Rescue mode (standard)
use the “LXTerminal” (basically a command prompt)

ddrescue /dev/sdb2 ./backup.img

then mount it again:

mkdir /media/img
mount ./backup.img /media/img

Open a file manager and copy your files to a safe place

(my image couldn’t open in Windows 7 under MagicIso, hence the mounting in Linux)

What's your thoughts on this?

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