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defrag reformatted my hd?

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October 13, 2003 6:01:49 PM

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.

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October 14, 2003 5:50:04 PM

Not sure exactly what happened. Have you tried looking at My Computer->Manage->Disk Management, make sure your drive is showing proper size/partitions, etc?

You can also try using <A HREF="http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/uk/welcome.htm" target="_new">PC Inspector File Recovery</A>, see if you can recover anything that way.

Good Luck.

Spec:
Intel P4 2.4B
MSI 645E Max-U Mobo
512MB DDR333
GF3 ti200 64MB
SB Live 5.1
WD 60GB (Storage)
Maxtor 6GB (System)
Maxtor 120GB
LG 24x24x32 CDR
WIN2K PRo SP4
October 14, 2003 6:16:12 PM

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 :) 

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