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By MJA ·
I have a client whose 15 yr old did something to the hard drive (WinMe) and blew the system off the drive. The directories (the one I need ...) MYdocuments, has her Thesis and a novel that she did not back up. Unfortunately she tried to commit suicide because of this. ( I would have killed the kid first) She DESPARATELY needs this info. Aside from sending the drive out ..(very expensive) is there any way to recover her doc files and CAD files (thesis files!!) ? I am not sure if there is a virusor what on the drive (Maxtor 8.2 GB) If anyone knows what I can do to help her either with a utility or maybe a cheaper disaster recovery company. Thanks beforehand.

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by MJA In reply to hieroglyphics names on so ...

One more thing .. when I search for .doc or .dwg (CAD) files there are none to be found on the drive.

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by dmiles In reply to hieroglyphics names on so ...

You may try booting to DOS and trying the UNDELETE command
Only works if they haven't been overwritten since their deletion
See the Microsoft knowledgebase and research Old MS-DOS
Also check Norton Disk Doctor

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by Paul D. Masley In reply to hieroglyphics names on so ...

Give this a try. I do not know if it will work. Get another drive and set it up as master and then set the damaged drive as slave. Reload ME on the new drive. Once it loads and sets itself up, Search the old drive. As long as the kid did not format the old drive, you should be able to read it. Me should detect all directories on the old drive, but remember, they will have different drive letters. You will also need to set up her word processor and the program that she was using to do theCAD files. Use these programs to perform your search.

Paul.

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to hieroglyphics names on so ...

Oh boy. I'm sorry to hear this.

First thing to do - before any more damage is done when trying to fix it, is back the whole drive up.

Norton Ghost may be good for this, but you really need to do it sector by sector.

The next thing is to find out from the kid EXACTLY what he did. I know you've already tried this, but it will lead to the best solution so its pretty vital.

If you run scandisk on the drive, you may be far worse off than you are now as the file's fragments may get conceptually scattered all over the place when scandisk decides the FAT is corrupted and tries to put it back together, losing track of how the lost files hang together.

So its vital to get a sector by sector backup.

Then... Check out this site. I'venever used the software but it looks like its what you want...

http://www.dtidata.com/products_bundle_ftree.asp

(remove spaces from the above URL)

Cheers,
Tim.

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to hieroglyphics names on so ...

Ok geez. I forgot to add... DO NOT try to install anything else on that disk! In fact remove it from the machine now!

Get a fresh disk to build another OS on. This is vital as everytime you write to it, you're running the risk of overwriting parts of the files she needs!

And... by the way... there's a demo of the FRtree software available. I'm checking it out now.

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to hieroglyphics names on so ...

OK, the good news is that the demo creates a floppy disk and this is read-only on the hard disk.

You shouldn't cause any further damage using it.

The company also supplies a disk cloning tool and I strongly believe you should use this too.

A new hard drive (to clone to) wont be very expensive and will still be of use to her when you've finished. She'll be able to do backups to it, for instance :-)

I hope all this helps.
Cheers again,
Tim.

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by Ann777 In reply to hieroglyphics names on so ...

If you have access to any other computer... then go to www.download.com and download one of the many utilities that may be able to undelete files. (for instance a search for "recover deleted files" at the site above brings up 26 hits -- only a few are WinMe). Again do this on a separate computer. Unzip the program and install it to a 3.5" floppy disk.

Then take the floppy disk to the computer in question and see if it pulls up anything that can be recovered.

Good luck.

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