I need some tech support, and didn't know where else to turn, so I turned here
. Can someone offer me any advice? Here goes...
Recently, I have been noticing very unusual problems with my second hard drive, which I suspect may be due to a virus. I had found very unsually named files, with impossible file sizes (over 4GB) scattered across the hard drive, and problems accessing files. Anyway, to try and fix this, I attempted to run ScanDisk today. However, the PC froze in the middle of checking my D:/ drive when searching for lost file fragments.
When I restarted, I was unable to access *any* of the the 30GB or so of data on my D:/. Although the properties of the drive showed that there was 30GB of data remaining, Windows (and DOS) did not show up any files. I then had a friend come round to check the hard drive out with his PC, but it still did not show any files present on the drive. Running a diagnostic program suggested that there were "lost file fragments". Given that my friend was running XP (I run 98SE), we tried to convert the files to NTFS to see whether they would appear, but this was to no avail, and caused another freeze in his system. Unfortunately, it would not let the files be converted back to FAT32, so I cannot even see the drive on my Win98 machine anymore (his XP machine is now back at his house.)
Now, is there any way that I can recover any of my data from these lost file fragments by running any particular program? Or do I need to take it somewhere to a store - or will I be wasting my money?