A coworker brought in a dead drive. We could recover the photos but only with a signature scan where the filenames and directory structures were lost. I told him about the wonders of SpinRite 6.0 and we agreed to run it over the weekend.
Around 4:30pm I went to his desk and he was gone for the day but the drive was still sitting there. I decided to take the drive home and see what SpinRite could do. I started a level 2 scan with SpinRite Friday night and before bed it was at .27%. I checked in the morning and it was at .27%. I checked again Saturday night, Sunday morning and Sunday night it was still at .27%. Disheartened I took the drive to work and put it back on his desk before he arrived so I did not have to tell him what happened.
Later that day he came into my office and told me his photo restore worked. I said it was too bad he lost the filenames and directory structures. He said no! The restore got everything the photos, the filenames and directory structures. It was a miracle!