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Bad sectors on an external Western Digital drive. Need to recover data on that drive.

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Use your meticulously kept backups, of course.
Normally the disk itself manages its way out of bad sectors, but you can get a notion of how bad it is with utilities and documentation available from WD's site.

If you want to risk the data becoming unrecoverable on a well-degraded disk, you can try using Norton Ghost or something like it (dd in unix) to make an error-tolerant direct copy onto a new volume, and try recovering that with whatever forensic tools and wisdom you like.  There are some livecd distros and designed to make this easy.

Either become really well-read on your model of WD drive by studying the industry and experimenting with many spare similar drives, or send it to the recovery companies with precise notions of what you want recovered and to what media (another HD, or DVDs typically.)

By then, you'll have thought of a backup scheme for the future, too.

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