So recently my harddrive crashed and my only backup is six months old. I have a lot of information on the crashed drive that i want to recover but i am not willing to pay a data recovery service for. The harddrive was reported to have very many bad sectors, I ran a chkdsk /r on it but that failed. I tried booting off the drive after that and it got further into the bootup process but never finished. I have another drive available that is big enough for the crashed drive to be cloned onto but i am not sure if it is possible considering it has "bad sectors" does anyone think they'll be able to help me?
I would load windows on that new drive... then hook the failing drive up and try to recover your data.
^+1 Get a new drive, reinstall at least the OS, plug your old HDD as secondary drive and see what you can recover. No point in cloning as the clone might not work or it might, but you will never sure if it didn't just copy errors.