geenky said:
thanks for the reply, i appreciate it, but I tried EaseUS and it did not work for me. The problem I have is that it shows UNKNOWN DEVICE, not only uninitialized. If I am able to catch the HDD after a 100 reboots, then I just run photorec which is the only software that works for me.
even after seeing the drive, everything except photorec just sees ERRORS in all sectors. I even booted from an ubuntu live cd (usb) and ran ddrescue and after around 15 mins it was finding 0 info, all sectors as errors. I wish someone would shed some light on this. Photorec though is going slow but recovering data. I think I have tried like 30 different software packages, with photored being the ONLY ONE to recover ANYTHING at all!