For those of you who remember, I had a hard drive that gave out on me a few weeks back. I finally got a chance to take a look at it, and I think I may be in luck.
Specifically, I first tried hooking it up as a external USB drive using a hard drive enclosure I picked up at Best Buy.
(Note to anyone who's in a similar position - make sure you figure out if you're dealing with a PATA/EIDE drive, which is the "old" connection that I was used to, or the newer SATA drive. I didn't even know the distinction and thus had to make two trips to Best Buy).
That didn't work, as it thought the drive was unformatted and couldn't read it. So I tried to move to the second step - connecting it as a slave. Unfortunately, I only have a single desktop at my disposal, and it uses SATA. Thus, I couldn't even slave my old hard drive to it.
Luckily, GetDataBack can be performed over the USB port, too. It just takes much longer. So, I downloaded the software, and left it running for about 24 hours. One problem I had with the software is that it gives a pop-up message when it encounters an error, but doesn't continue working until you click "IGNORE." So, in other words, I had to check up on the software constantly.
When it finally finished, I was able to view the majority of my files. GetDataBack let's you preview your files before purchasing the software key. I found that to be awesome - I'm glad to pay the $80 after seeing that a lot of my files were recovered.
And, I have a question for anyone that's got some experience with this. In addition to my files, I had a program on that hard drive to which I no longer have the CD + Key. Is there any way to find the license key through GetDataBack? Or a different approach? The program is an expensive one, though I no longer use it for work and thus could live without it...