My girlfriend's harddrive crapped out on her Macbook. I've replaced it with a new one, but I want to see if I can scavenge anything off the drive. I've plugged it into my Win7 machine...but I need some (free) software to recover the data. Win7 doesn't recognize it at all. Suggestions?
First I would try to recover partitions using testdisk. If it successfully recovers partitions, then try HFS Explorer again.
If that does not work, you can try doing some file carving using photorec. This method will not be able to recover the file names. It just numbers the files. You will have to open the files to see what they are.
Both photorec and testdisk need to be run from the command prompt but they are menu based so they should be relatively easy to use.