Checkdisk


  1.    04 Feb 2008 #1
    Cally Guest

    Checkdisk


    I plugged in an old 40gb drive that I have as I needed some of the Word docs
    off of it. Couldn't access the folder as it said there was an I/O problem so
    I ran error checking on the disk. Now I have lost the whole folder and have a
    new folder 'Found.000' with 10,000 ???.CHK files in it. What do I do now? How
    can I recover the files that are now in this folder?
    thanks
    Paul
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  2.    04 Feb 2008 #2
    R. C. White Guest

    Re: Checkdisk


    Hi, Paul.

    You have my sympathy. :>(

    IF that HD had been recently defragged, you have a slight chance of
    recovering some of your .chk files by simply renaming them to .doc
    extensions. You might copy a few .chk files to your current working HD
    (copy x:\file0001.chk c:\restore\file0001.doc, for example). Then try to
    open the .doc file in Word. IF it works, then you can try it on some of the
    other .chk files.

    The fly in this ointment is that .doc files consist of both our text AND
    many control codes that tell Word how to reassemble the file when it is
    loaded from the disk. IF the file is in one continuous strip on the disk,
    Word MAY be able to get it all in proper sequence and make sense of it.

    But, usually, frequent editing and re-saving the document has resulted in
    multiple pieces scattered over the hard drive. When ChkDsk runs, each of
    those fragments is assigned a new generic name, with no way to reconnect the
    pieces in proper sequence. File0099.chk may be the start of the file, but
    the next piece might be File0123.chk - or some other apparently-random
    number. For these file fragments, renaming them to .doc does no good at
    all. Only a Word programmer would have a reasonable chance of reassembling
    the document - and even then it would be a tedious task. A decade or more
    ago, I used to tackle such projects, but my success rate was near zero, and
    file systems are much more complex - and hard drives are much bigger now!

    A thorough defragmentation MIGHT have put them back into contiguous sectors,
    but any activity between the defrag and ChkDsk would probably have scrambled
    them again.

    My guess is that you will conclude that the chances of success and the costs
    (in time and money) to try mean that those files are lost forever. :>(

    RC
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    San Marcos, TX
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    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)

    "Cally" <Cally@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:3F7BC88A-74D5-4668-A9C8-F057F41B04DF@xxxxxx

    > I plugged in an old 40gb drive that I have as I needed some of the Word
    > docs
    > off of it. Couldn't access the folder as it said there was an I/O problem
    > so
    > I ran error checking on the disk. Now I have lost the whole folder and
    > have a
    > new folder 'Found.000' with 10,000 ???.CHK files in it. What do I do now?
    > How
    > can I recover the files that are now in this folder?
    > thanks
    > Paul
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3.    04 Feb 2008 #3
    Charlie Guest

    Re: Checkdisk


    I recently lost data on my RAID. I researched different solutions on the
    Internet and found this. http://www.diydatarecovery.nl/irecover.htm I ran it
    and it worked great. It ran for a long time but I recovered all my data. The
    trial version only lets you retrieve one folder but that is all I needed.
    Good luck.

    "Cally" <Cally@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:3F7BC88A-74D5-4668-A9C8-F057F41B04DF@xxxxxx

    >I plugged in an old 40gb drive that I have as I needed some of the Word
    >docs
    > off of it. Couldn't access the folder as it said there was an I/O problem
    > so
    > I ran error checking on the disk. Now I have lost the whole folder and
    > have a
    > new folder 'Found.000' with 10,000 ???.CHK files in it. What do I do now?
    > How
    > can I recover the files that are now in this folder?
    > thanks
    > Paul

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4.    04 Feb 2008 #4
    philo Guest

    Re: Checkdisk



    "Charlie" <Charlie@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:e8ZfrN2ZIHA.1204@xxxxxx

    > I recently lost data on my RAID. I researched different solutions on the
    > Internet and found this. http://www.diydatarecovery.nl/irecover.htm I ran
    it

    > and it worked great. It ran for a long time but I recovered all my data.
    The

    > trial version only lets you retrieve one folder but that is all I needed.
    > Good luck.
    >
    > "Cally" <Cally@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:3F7BC88A-74D5-4668-A9C8-F057F41B04DF@xxxxxx

    > >I plugged in an old 40gb drive that I have as I needed some of the Word
    > >docs
    > > off of it. Couldn't access the folder as it said there was an I/O
    problem

    > > so
    > > I ran error checking on the disk. Now I have lost the whole folder and
    > > have a
    > > new folder 'Found.000' with 10,000 ???.CHK files in it. What do I do
    now?

    > > How
    > > can I recover the files that are now in this folder?
    > > thanks
    > > Paul
    >
    >
    I'm sure that is good software but the OP does not actually have any lost
    data.

    It's a good example of why CHKDSK should always be run in the audit mode
    first!

    I generally tell my clients to first run CHKDSK with no switches...
    then, if just a few logical error are found...run CHKDSK /f or CHKDSK /r

    If CHKDSK sees *numerous* errors ...CHKDSK /f (/r) should not be run

    As mentioned...It's worth a try to rename the chk files back to doc (or what
    they were originally)

    At least some of the files may possibly be complete. (Fortunately text
    files and jpgs are often kept intact or only partially truncated)

    OTOH: There is also the possibility that all the data are pretty well
    divided up.
    Though piecing them back together is possible...with over 10,000 chk
    files...it's not going to be practical


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