Okay, so last night I got the idea that was hard drive might have been fragmented, its 160 gigs and over the last few weeks i've put about 80gigs of information on it. I have sp4 if that matters and have just installed 1007 bios from asus for my mb, but i'll assume these issues can't be related . So while running defrag it was about 1/2 way done and it locked up, so I rebooted. When it started to load windows again it gave a message about datensf or ntsfdate or some file name like that being missing or bad, so i ran recovery and updated all files not the original version when originally installed. This didn't help, i was still getting errors trying to boot. So i just did a reinstall, being careful not to select format with ntfs, just to reinstall over current system. Well, damn, bye bye 100gigs of information, i'm looking at a drive with ONLY 2000 installed and none of my files.
Is there a way to recover my lost files, is there something else I can do? Or it is time to reformat and reinstall everything? Not a big deal, however, I had about 20gigs of tv episodes that I hadn't backed up, like the whole seinfeld series which took me a decade to download on my dialup .
Any ideas what happened, this seems a bit weird and hasn't ever happend to me before.
Thanks for the response. Actually I can't get it to even boot up that instance of 2000, so doing anything under windows is impossible. I will attempt to do some of that stuff under the re-installed version. I'm going to give PC inspector a good working through