Data recovery 102, recover your data with Knoppix!
After writing the article about data recovery, several readers wrote me about the knoppix Linux distribution CD. This bootable CD version of Linux has the ability to mount and read FAT, FAT32 and NTFS partitions, even damaged ones. So after your HD crashed, you can always use this CD to recover your data and back it up on a USB key or HD.
Knoppix can be downloaded via this location.
I won't write a second Data recovery tutorial since this site already has some VERY complete instructions about how to use Knoppix to recover your lost data.
My own guide can be consulted here.