Data Rescue II
Data Rescue II is essential when you have data you can’t afford to lose. While it won’t repair a faulty drive, it will effectively recover data.
The software offers a clear easy-to-use interface and an extensive user guide. A CD version is available, which acts as a startup disc. This successfully saved the documents from my badly damaged iBook, which took three hours.
The beauty of Data Rescue II is that it scans deeper than other solutions. Online reports suggest a minimum 90 per cent success rate. You can try before you buy, as there’s a demo available from the Prosoft site. You need to save recovered data to a separate drive, in this case a FireWire drive. If you have a failed drive I recommend this utility. It just works.