There are many different software titles out there that would love to restore your information, but in my experience, very few of them actually do the job. For the purpose of this guide, I'll show you the one that I've had great success with in the past. A great part is, you don't need to buy it until you know it will do the job for you.
For a restoration to work, your hard drive will need to spin up. To check, it's pretty easy, with the drive removed from the computer bay, hold it in your hand and power on the computer. You'll be able to feel if the drive spins up. If you're not sure, you can continue through the guide and will soon find out if your information is recoverable.
TIP! If you do a regular computer backup you'll never have to go through this step trying to get your information back.
TIP! Recover a couple of gigabytes of data at a time, starting with what's the most important in case the drive fails completely on the restore operation.
Once all your information is restored, or you are unable to restore information, I strongly urge you to learn more about backing up your computer. You'll never be in this panic situation again. Although many of the hard drives I've got have been able to be repaired, some have not. When a small business loses a years worth of information, it's not good news, and the cheaper option is usually to re-enter the information instead of performing a forensic data recovery.