Hard disks are not a proper backup. Those that try this and fail often reply with "don't tell me about backup, help me fix my files." The problem is how can you mend a corrupt file like this?
The outlook is grim and sadly another page for the lesson book about backups.
The only hope is that you only installed Windows 2000 but forgot the motherboard drivers and service packs. I ran into cases where the owner was trying to get to their files before the OS install was completed.
I have a Windows 2000 machine with two hard drives C: and D: (C: has windows, software, and my documents, D: has backup stuff). My PC was running very slow so I decided I wanted to reformat, then reinstall windows. I copied the "My Documents" folder from C: to D: to back up the files. Next I made sure the files made it to D: and that the files worked. Next I reformatted C and reinstalled Windows. Yesterday I went to copy back "My Documents" from D: to C: and the majority of the files are corrupt. Has anyone else ran into this problem? Were you able to fix the corrupted files? If so How?