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Windows XP chkdsk has wiped out files...

by kluge1218 / January 21, 2006 12:23 PM PST

I had to re-install xp, and when I turned my back on re-start, xp ran chkdsk. Now folders are missing or empty, and files are switched around. I have downloaded lots of trial and freeware, to no avail...
I want to know if there is any way to undo what chkdsk writes/does. I am willing to pay for the right program. So far I cannot find what it has done, I don't have any .chk files - it changed them to .xls, .tif and others.
Thanks....

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What I'm running....
by kluge1218 / January 21, 2006 12:35 PM PST

Ooopps, I forgot to give info..
It is on a Dell Dimension 8250, a WD 250 gig hd, hooked up to a adaptec ata-100 pci card.
All of the files that were lost/re-writen - were .mp3's...
Thanks again,
Bob

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What ?
by Papa Echo / January 21, 2006 12:43 PM PST

First, you want to reinstall XP, for whatever reasons.
Then when you did not restart- as part of reinstalling XP ? - check disk ran ?

What is wrong with reinstalling again ?

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by kluge1218 / January 21, 2006 12:58 PM PST
In reply to: What ?

I was a little vauge...
I had re-installed XP because of multiple worm attacks, and other viral problems. That was no problem. The issue came when chkdsk ran on a drive used only for storage. My other drives were un-affected. I had a 120gig that was the boot drive, Re-installed to a Maxtor 40gig. The 250gig had not been in the picture until chkdsk decided it needed to be re-indexed. I have back-ups for over half of the files, the weird part is, physicaly it says that it has 10.2 gigs of free space. The drive lists as 128 gigs of space left. It has 232 gigs when formatted. That leaves 80 some-odd out there in la-la land...

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What I have tried...
by kluge1218 / January 21, 2006 1:10 PM PST

I have ran CHK-Mate, and it did not find any .chk files. I also downloaded DataRecoveryWizard 2.0, and it found a lot of "lost" files. It lists them as at a pre-set size. Like it is out there as raw data. I have never had a problem before, I think it is from re-tagging my .mp3 files. As much as it goes in and wipes out, one would think that someone has created a program that would undo what chkdsk does.

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