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Missing/Corrupted Files?

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#1 k_love


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Posted 25 February 2009 - 04:03 PM

I'm running a Windows XP home desktop. I've had it about two years, and have been mostly happy with it.. That is, until last week. After simply turning on my computer, I discovered all my files were missing. The folders were there as before, but my files were completely gone. I have Norton anti-virus, but apparently that wasn't enough to protect me from whatever nasty invaded my pc.

The odd thing is: everything was fantastic the previous night, and the files on the "guest" and "shared" accounts are completely unscathed. The only thing I did differently from normal was I updated my Verizon DSL to a faster speed.

I was wondering how I could find out what happened. I've run a few virus scans, which have all come out 100% clean. And I've checked the computer's log to see if suspicious activity occurred. Only some sort of power glitch is listed.

Being ever the optimist, I was also hoping there might be some way I could recover my lost files. Most of my information wasn't backed up, so essentially, I've lost everything. (Please no lectures here, I have learned my lesson, and believe me, I'm more than kicking myself.)

I have already installed and run Restorer Pro 2000 to no avail. Some of my files aren't even listed on it, and most of the ones I did manage to recover refuse to open. I keep getting the "this file is either missing or corrupt" dialogue box.

Strangest of all: the files I've tried to save since then won't show up on my side of the computer.. *headdesk*

Any help (or even sympathy) at all is much appreciated!
Thanks in advance,

Edited by garmanma, 26 February 2009 - 08:36 PM.

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#2 Konstantin


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Posted 27 February 2009 - 09:32 AM

What i would try to do first in you case:

Connect your HDD to another computer and take a look if you can access your files.

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 06:55 PM

Thanks, I'll try that.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 06:28 AM

If this hdd is a PATA (connected via a IDE data cable) you will want to connect it as a Slave drive with the jumper on the rear of the drive in the Slave position. There should be a diagram on the top of the hdd showing the different jumper settings, CS is cable select, M is master, S is slave. This should be connect to the middle connector of the IDE cable.

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