>When is the last time someone you know saved a dying SD card or USB drive without windows trialware?
You are joking right?
Last week, my brother presented me with a SATA drive and a USB drive. Both 'broken' under windows. I used testdisk under linux to fix the SATA drive (then copied all over to a brand new drive). The USB drive wasn't fixable but still used testdisk to copy 95% of the files over to another fresh drive. All done easily and simply under linux for free...and my brother was very happy...and he's now learned of the importance of backups.
Windows can go suck a fuck for all I care...I'm just unhappy that I have to work with it daily.