|Hi bazzab ... thanks for your instructions. Hopefully I can make some progress.|
Yes I can see some directories (and the files below them) via the prompt command, just not the ones mentioned which contain most of the data.
I did use a linux disc given to me by a friend, Knoppix, but couldn't read the c: drive with this at all.
I think the DVD was corrupted or warped ... it certainly made some weird sounds before shutting the system down, and has now been consigned to the garbage bin.