merlyn wrote: ↑Tue Mar 21, 2023 1:50 pm Spinrite, a snip at $70. They're going to say that, aren't they? Let's say miraculously some more life was squeezed from this drive. The first thing to do would be to copy it onto a good drive. So you may as well start doing that immediately before the drive truly does die.
Sure. And if the OP can read from the drive, they don't need to use or buy any recovery tools at all.
But if they can't read from the drive with any freely available tools, Spinrite has a bunch of tech to smartly try and extract those sectors. I'm not saying it's the only tool available, but it's one I know about, and have been following the development and how it works under the hood for a while. And I'm also waiting for a Mac version, because it's a tool I'd like to be able to more easily use on drives, as I no longer have any PC's around for that purpose. To my understanding, it doesn't many unique things that other tools don't do, and has successfully recovered many drives that other tools couldn't.
But it's just a recommendation, ymmv. The OP was asking for suggestions, those were mine.