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I'm trying to get some data from an internal hard drive. I have decided to buy a USB/IDE adaptor. The actual drive has crashed with a read error. So I'm hoping it's not a physical problem and just a bad sector.

Does anyone know the succes rate for this type of recovery of files, and if it's worth it.

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As far as recovering data goes, you would find it easier and more likely successful if you connect the drive as a slave to the operating system drive. If you're going to reinstall the operating system to another drive you could do that first, or you might be able to copy the image of your current drive over to the new one and do any needed repairs of the operating system. If you get a new drive there is usually a CD including the solftware to do that.
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