Here's the deal: 4 months ago I bought an IBM 80gb hard drive. I then proceeded to format it in NTFS (Under windows XP Pro), and fill it with over 70gb of files. Some of these are television episodes and movies, along with schoolwork, spreadsheets with my banking records, and various other files. Then, in one instant my monitor (way out of warranty) failed (can't show green anymore), and upon rebooting, my hard drive failed. I have backups of some of the more important things like my banking records (though the backups are a couple weeks old), but most of the drive's contents weren't backed up. The drive is still under warranty, but I want to attempt to recover as much data as possible before I RMA the drive. I've already performed a partial recovery (maybe 10-20%) using a program called GetDataBack from Runtime Software. Unfortunately, it only found a few of the television episodes. It also uncovered some 'lost files,' but wasn't configured to identify anything but a few file formats. I need suggestions on other programs to try, or possibly the extra file information I would need to recover other file types using GetDataBack. I am trying to recover asf, avi, doc, exe, mpg, ram, rm, rtf, txt, xls, and zip files. Most of the file system information appears to be lost, though judging from the lost files that were found, alot of the data looks like it's intact. Windows does not recognize the partition anymore however, and I/O errors are generated when some or all corrupt sectors are contacted. This slows windows to a crawl, so the perfect program would have its own bootable operating environment. Here's the biggest problem though: I'm dirt poor Car problems, the monitor, and a new hard drive for recovered data have sapped my meager college student bank account. Freeware would be preferable, or at least programs with reasonable fee's. I know a few $300+ apps with what I'm looking for exist, but I need something much cheaper. Does anyone know where I should look?