Hey all, I have been attempting to recover a hard drive for a friend all day long and I am starting to run out of ideas. The situation is this: she had her laptop stolen, had a complete Time Machine backup on her LaCie external USB hard drive.. and then she dropped it... stupid i know! Symptoms of drive: • Recognised by Disk Utility but will not mount • Clicks occasionally otherwise it spins up fine.. What I have attempted: • Disc Warrior • Data Rescue II What is currently going: • Spin Rite (using setting #2) I think i have found the problem, Spin Rite will freeze at about 104-209mb into its run (about the first 400,000,000 bytes into it), but if i choose to scan after about 500mb it will run flawlessly (well so far anyway, its up to about 15% and is going fine). EDIT: now at 22% and going fine EDIT: 36%, fine EDIT: 55%. fine this leads me to believe that the drive was writing some critical data to the mounting/information section of the drive what it was dropped, but the data on the drive is still recoverable. My Idea: to find some software that can be told to copy the partition/data from a certain spot onwards (because the whole drive freezes when trying to copy the damaged part). anyone ever tried this? is there ANY way i could do this?? thanks in advance DoFoT9 EDIT: heres another question, it says (in SpinRite) "Drive: MBR followed by EFI", i was under the impression that MBR was only fat32/NTFS drives, clearly i dont know enough here..