Data Recovery Software for Mac.

I have 2 questions regarding data recovery from an external drive (WD My Book Essential).
1. During a Bootcamp install, the backup taken using WD Smartware software has been replaced by a Windows folder and I cannot read the drive after reinstalling SL on my Mac Mini to retrieve my backup. If I erase the drive (as the software is asking me to do), can I then recover the lost backup files using data recovery software or will the file system on the external drive cause a problem. (Format is NTFS)
2. Which data recovery software is best for for use on a Mac? Or do I recover using Windows software instead?
Thanks.

If you want to recover data from a Windows partition, you probably need to use Windows recovery software. I'm not aware of any Mac data recovery software that can work with an NTFS partition, though there might be something out there I've missed. Do not erase the Bootcamp partition before attempting to use any recovery software if you can possibly avoid doing so (use Windows volume repair software if the volume won't mount); that will just make the recovery far more difficult.
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