Lifehacker on the best recovery tools
Great article from Lifehacker on recovery tools to bring a dead machine back to life.
LH Top 10: Free Computer System Recovery Tools – Lifehacker
I am a big fan of the Ultimate Boot CD for Dos and the Windows Ultimate boot CD for Windows. I have laso used Knoppix to fix a bad partition before so it is very nice to have more than one great tool in your arsenal.