Just about everyone has experienced a hard drive failure. What recovery methods are your old standbys?
In an article on TechRepublic, Jack Wallen discusses a few strategies for recovering unbootable hard drives, including booting from a restore disk and using a Linux live CD. A Linux live CD is definitely something that you should have in your IT tool belt, and a couple flavors to consider are Puppy (easily made into a bootable thumb drive) and Ubuntu.
Then again, there are also those unorthodox and unreliable methods such as putting the drive in a freezer.
Read the full Tech Republic article here.