An no, this "friend" isn't a friend in quotes that is secretly me.
Lon, my co-producer for Moron Life, lost a hard drive recently. Computer won't recognize it. I put it through a 35 hour "data recovery" software test, and it can see all the files... it looks like there are just bad sectors where the File Allocation Tables were stored, so everything barfed.
Before I tell him to go out and pay the $69 for the recovery software (I just tested it with the demo, first, which lets you look, but not recover) are there any share/freeware alternatives out there that folks can recommend for rebuilding the FAT (NTFS drive) long enough to copy everything onto a new drive?