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By shantie ·
Seagate 20 gig hard drive. Win Me would not boot.
I tried it on my computer with a IDE to USB connector, which normally I can view data on the drive and back it up. Hard drive was recognised but only had one folder in it which was empty. Right clicked for properties and said 6 gig used and approx 14 free. So obviously there is data on drive. I then attached the hard drive to another computer as a slave drive and same thing only one folder shows up. I tried Seagate diagnostic boot up discs which would only do a file and fat diagnostic report, this came up with critical errors. I ran Windows Scan disk from Dos, came up with heaps of errors, mostly DIRS, which it asked to repair, so I said yes.
Now when I boot up with drive attached as slave all I can see is heaps of DIR files, nothing else. Owner does not want to format drive as needs Data in my documents. Okay, now is it still possible to find this data in amongst all these DIR files. If I open them they are all in Binary. Can I convert these. Is there a repair utility that I can use. What would happen if I try to re-install Win Me would it convert these folders. Thank you for your help

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by BFilmFan In reply to Hard Drive disk repair

Sounds as if the files are trashed. You might have luck with a disk recovery utility, but I wouldn't bet on it.

I would advise that you use a commercial disk recovery firm, but be aware this is pricey.

Also tell your client to use DVD's to back up data and to do dual disks. They do not become as corrupted as easily as a hard disk.

Best of luck.

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by shantie In reply to

Thanks for the answer but I took the chance and re-installed Win Me, took the option to keep system files and although the Dir folders were still there I was then able to open them and back up the data, thanks again

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to Hard Drive disk repair

Sounds like the file structure is corrupt and turned the data files into pieces. A reformat and restore from a backp (you DO have a BACKUP?!) is more likely.
Installing Windows does not convert data files magically, you will still get Win Me installed but still get corrupt files.
If the files are office files, there are some rescue programs to repair them:
http://www.officerecovery.com/

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by shantie In reply to

I re-installed Win Me and took the option to keep system files and although all the Dir folders were still listed I was then able to open them and back up the data. No there were no data back up discs as this is not my computer but I am sure the customer will back up in future (I hope), I have accepted this because of the reference sites you have given me for future reference. thank you

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by Chorito In reply to Hard Drive disk repair

sounds like the FAT table might have been lost. Try software like this one...
http://www.runtime.org/
or
http://www.recovermyfiles.com/
when you did the fix with Scan disk you might have corrupted the data more...so you might have lost everything...
when you have these types of problems....they are usually a result of drive head errors, OS error or FAT table errors...which are fairly easy to fix...by rebuilding the FAT table...try the above mentions software?s and let us know if it worked... :) good luck

P.S. If you ever run into anyone else that is running Windows ME...beg them to upgrade to another OS...Win2k, XP...or even Win98....ME is the absolute worst OS in the history of Microsoft...

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by shantie In reply to

I took the chance and re-installed Win Me with the option to keep system files and although the Dir folders were still listed I was then able to open them and back up the data. I agree Win Me is the worst. Thanks for the link sites which I will keep for future reference. thank you

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