OS X :: How To Use Disk Utility For Data Recovery

Feb 15, 2010

i have a hard drive i use mostly in Windows that i lost data and want to recover it. i've played with some of the free utilities on the internet but they either take too long or aren't very good.

since Tiger reads NTFS partitions i was going to try it on my Mac Mini.

i usually use a laptop and don't have time to leave the recover running for 10 hours or more. any good free utilities out there?

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