Thanks to all of you who offered advice on data recovery when I asked recently. My friend reports that he purchased GetDataBack based on your recommendations. He says:
The tool is not the most intuitive to use, but it does WORK. It recovered about 80% of the drive. I had to freeze the drive several more times to get it stay cool long enough to do the recovery, but I would highly recommend this tool to anyone trying to recover data.
Something to keep in mind if you have a drive fail without a recent backup.