This article takes a fresh look at some different ways to recover lost files from a hard drive that has crashed.
Each approach has its own associated cost and benefits, with each being suited to certain types of faults.
The first method you could try involves removing the internal hard drive, installing it in an external HDD case and attempting to read the contents via a second computer.
These type of external drive casing devices are widely available in computer peripheral shops. They are often used by people who wish to swap their existing drive for a new one, and still get some use from the old drive as an external storage device.
However, if your drive crashes then these cases can become useful for extracting the drive and attempting to read it via a second computer.