Mine's is a similar situation to what Kash4U posted here
but not exactly, so I am hoping you would bear with me and see if you have ideas I can try.
I have WD2000 disk (186GB) used as a boot disk for Win XP that was exhibiting some probs (Windows boot fails to progress beyond "Verifying DMI Pool .." )
So I took the disk out of that system, re-jumpered it as a slave, and stuck it into a Win2K machine to see if the disk (NTFS
) is readable. It was readable, so I thought everything was fine. However, the second time I booted the Win2K machine, that PC proceeded to CHKDSK the WD2000 (I left it unattended and when I came back, CHKDSK had already started).
Not really knowing what to do, but remembering that CHKDSK does NOT work well with disks over 137GB AND because it was starting to delete large numbers of file attributes, I panicked and pulled the plug on the machine.
I then took my son's XP machine (very old), and re-configured it to work with the WD2000. This included installing a Promise Ultra 100TX2 IDE
controller etc. This machine also tried to CHKDSK which I decline each time.
With this machine set up, I looked into the hard disk and find that I am left with a disk that is mostly intact. However, there are a few key directories that used to contain data and work, and that which is now missing or corrupted. This amounts to a few 100s of MB of lost data which involve about 3 weeks worth of work that I do not want to repeat.
After searching the web and newsgroups for the last day, I've not seen any definitive description of what happens to data/files when CHKDSK deletes file attributes. And more importantly, none of the fiile recovery tools mentions this as a recoverable case that the tools can deal with. Is there any hope of recovering from this?
At the moment, I am running Active@ File Recovery. It is in "Superscan" mode which I take to mean a deep block by block inventory of what's on the disk. Because of the size of the disk, it'll take some time before it reports back what it sees. Based on progress thus far, I won't know if it sees anything until perhaps tomorrow morning.
By the way, I had also tried Running PC Inspector File Recovery (because it's free), but it didn't see any "lost" files.
I would appreciate any suggestions on either tools or techniques. I am very careful to ensure that I do not write new files/data onto this disk. I am hoping that the tools that I have tried thus far are only reading the disk, but I can't know for sure.