need to use livecd to access harddrive documents, create and image on corrupt hard drive.. big help

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http://askubuntu.com – Okay so using the smart option, my harddrive has 15 bad sectors, all because of a very bad hard drive. I need to pull some files from my gf laptop before resorting to buying and tossing the old drive. Im using the latest ubuntu version as my live cd. However i can not mount the hard drive because of these errors. So Im hoping that ill be able to create an image of the hard drive and load that image onto a working hard drive to get some files. But im relatively new to ubuntu and linux programming. i do not seem to understand how to use ddrecover very well.. Any more advice would be great, and (HowTos)