Ran chkdsk /R, can't see files now

February 25, 2009 at 21:12:40
Specs: Windows XP
I'll try to be as descriptive as possible.

I use a 250GB Seagate Free Agent Go external hard drive. I've had it less than six months and it has about 92GB of data on it.

It started a couple of days ago when I received a sudden pop-up on my taskbar. It read:

Windows was unable to save all the data for the file F:/$Mft. That data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere.

From here, when I went to access my hdd, I got a pop-up that read something along the lines of:

File directory is corrupt and unreadable.

I couldn't access my hdd at all, so I ran chkdsk F: /R and it ran for about 3 hours. It deleted some indexes and when it completed, I was able to access my hdd again. However, none of my files were there anymore... specifically my "My Documents" folder which contained all 92GB of my data. However, the hdd shows that 92GB is used up... I just can't see it anywhere on the hdd. Under disk management, my hdd reads as "Healthy" and it is NTFS.

I called Seagate Data Recovery and they said that they could try to recover the data. It would cost $300. I want to check out any other alternatives before I shell out money.

My questions are:
- Where are my files? What has happened?
- How do I get them back? I've looked at GetDataBack, but I don't want to buy it and mess things up myself.

If you need to see a log of the chkdsk F: /R I can put it up.

Thank you very much in advance for your time!


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#1
February 25, 2009 at 21:14:03
Here is the chkdsk log:

Checking file system on F:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is Phuoogle.
The USA check value, 0x0, at block 0x3 is incorrect.
The expected value is 0x23c.
The multi-sector header signature in file 0xf4 is incorrect.
42 41 41 44 30 00 03 00 01 e5 20 1a 00 00 00 00 BAAD0....å .....
01 00 02 00 38 00 01 00 08 02 00 00 00 04 00 00 ....8...........
Deleting corrupt file record segment 244.
The object id index entry in file 0x19 points to file 0xf6
but the file has no object id in it.
Deleting an index entry from index $O of file 25.
Index entry My Documents of index $I30 in file 0x5 points to unused file 0xf6.
Deleting index entry My Documents in index $I30 of file 5.
Index entry MYDOCU~1 of index $I30 in file 0x5 points to unused file 0xf6.
Deleting index entry MYDOCU~1 in index $I30 of file 5.
Index entry EN33C5~1.RTF of index $I30 in file 0xdb points to unused file 0xf4.
Deleting index entry EN33C5~1.RTF in index $I30 of file 219.
Index entry END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT zh-TW.rtf of index $I30 in file 0xdb points to unused file 0xf4.
Deleting index entry END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT zh-TW.rtf in index $I30 of file 219.
Index entry Install FreeAgent Tools.exe of index $I30 in file 0x43f points to unused file 0xf5.
Deleting index entry Install FreeAgent Tools.exe in index $I30 of file 1087.
Index entry INSTAL~1.EXE of index $I30 in file 0x43f points to unused file 0xf5.
Deleting index entry INSTAL~1.EXE in index $I30 of file 1087.
Cleaning up minor inconsistencies on the drive.
CHKDSK is recovering lost files.
Cleaning up 13 unused index entries from index $SII of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 13 unused index entries from index $SDH of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 13 unused security descriptors.
CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)...
File data verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)...
Free space verification is complete.
Correcting errors in the master file table's (MFT) BITMAP attribute.
CHKDSK discovered free space marked as allocated in the volume bitmap.
Windows has made corrections to the file system.

244196000 KB total disk space.
99988464 KB in 6624 files.
3176 KB in 776 indexes.
0 KB in bad sectors.
80848 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
144123512 KB available on disk.

4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
61049000 total allocation units on disk.
36030878 allocation units available on disk.


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#2
February 26, 2009 at 05:50:39
First of all you are foolish to rely on ONE copy of your personal data. To move it to the external is even more risky.

That said, you can try using a live version of Linux or one of the free recovery tools to attempt copying the data elsewhere. Or you can try to rebuild the file tables.

Keep in mind the more you writ to the drive the more likely you are to overwrite files.

fixmbr may be some use. The program testdisk is another possibility.

Going back to Linux. There is a version called Knoppix that may be able to see and copy the files. Your external drives appears to be mechanically sound. The file system is trashed. Knoppix uses a different file system. Therefore it doesn't rely on the Windows file system.

Knoppix installs to and runs from one CDR/DVDR. The download is free but large. 696MB to be exact.

http://www.soft32.com/Download/Free...


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