Originally posted by zeeblebot
Troubleshooting, Maintaining & Repairing PCs (Troubleshooting, Maintaining & Repairing PCs) by Stephen J. Bigelow
on amazon, etc. altho it might be somewhat out of date.
A lot of the utilities are on their own site for free, the pro stuff
is naturally a lot more universal and powerful, they don't include
all the goodies of the pro stuff for free but at least the freebies
teach you about stuff like getting files off bad HD's and such.
There is a file called Testdisk9 (not from sysinternals, forget who
right now) that does much of that. Like you say 1500 bucks is
a lot of mulah, but its all integrated into one powerful suite.
Testdisk fixes a lot of the problems with bad HD, like the MBR
and file structure, sometimes thats all it takes to get one going again.
Sometimes not but I like to know about that stuff even if its just to
keep my own stuff going.