Recommendations sought for salvaging hard drives

Recommendations sought for salvaging hard drives

 

Hi, I find myself with a handful of big old SATA drives (1 and 2 TB) that all seem to be in some way misbehaving. Some have data on them that I’d like salvage, nothing I want to spend money on salvaging but stuff that would be missed if it were gone for good. I’m never one to throw away anything that is useful so I was wondering if I could get some suggestions as to what tools I would need to test, fix, salvage data from these old drives. Errors include being recognises when lugged in but unable to mount, not showing up at all when plugged in but the drive is spinning, doing absolutely nothing when plugged in (that one’s probably a lost cause). So, before I throw them out, what should I try and in what order please? I’ve got access to Ubuntu 20.04 and Windows 10 machines. Thanks J

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