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Cannot Be Recovered - Dta Files?


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#1 Safy

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Posted 20 January 2006 - 01:33 PM

I'm in the middle if reinstalling XP home from my Recovery CD's.

I got a message for a handful of files saying they "Cannot be recovered"

Here's just a few as an example (there were about 25 or so):
C:\I386\drv\dta\App00153.dta
C:\I386\drv\dta\App00292.dta
C:\I386\drv\dta\App00491.dta
C:\I386\drv\dta\App03902.dta
C:\I386\drv\dta\App04827.dta

They were all *.dta files.

Can anyone tell me what these files are?

I've been having a bear of a problem with my system after a virus/trojan/malware/etc hit it the other day.
I'm at work now, so I have no clue if (these missing files have caused a problem - I was just curious to see if anyone else was familiar with these files or error during a CD recovery)
Also, if this is very serious, what other options do I have to recover?

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Posted 20 January 2006 - 04:47 PM

Generally *.dta files are data files - what they're doing in your drivers directory, I haven't a clue.

What kind of reinstall are you doing from the Recovery CD's? A repair/non-destructive or format and clean install/destructive?

If it's the repair - this could be a problem with viruses
If it's the destructive - it may not be serious - but it could also be the data files that have all the information on your drivers (and that is serious!).
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