help c: drive found but empty

By Mike_oz
Oct 16, 2004
  1. hi

    i have recently lost c: to some bug or windows error and had to reinstall xp

    after i "chkdsk" in xp repair

    it found an error and was able to reinstall xp

    but now ive lost everything in "c:\program files" dir

    the thing is that it is saying ive used 26gb of the 30gb partition which is wrong cause xp is like 500mb

    so what im saying is that the old "program files" is invisible or somthing

    i have checked "show hidden files" and it still isnt there
  2. Mike_oz

    Mike_oz TS Rookie Topic Starter


    alright ive found the files in found.000

    but there all over the place

    is there somthing that will put them back in order while overwriting the xp i just reinstalled
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Welcome to TechSpot

    Looks like your installation did not work properly. If all your files have already disappeared after the first CHKDSK (which put them in FOUND.000 because you said to save the files during CHKDSK), then there is possibly a hardware problem on your harddisk.
    Check in the "Sticky" at the top of this forum, to run the appropriate HD-test program on your HD. Then report back.
  4. Mike_oz

    Mike_oz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    what should i be looking for in this diagnostic

    this is all i could save but it doesnt say much

    Drive Info

    Model : ST3120026A
    Capacity : 120.03 GB
    Cache size : 8192 KB
    ATA Compliance : ATA-6

    Ultra DMA
    Highest mode : 5
    Active mode : 5

    Write cache : Enabled
    Read look-ahead : Enabled
    S.M.A.R.T. operations : Enabled
    S.M.A.R.T. status : Good
    Security feature : Supported
    Password : Not Set
  5. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    As far as I know, there's no automated way to restore those filenames to their original names. You'd need to rename them manually if you remember the sizes of the original files.

    To my logic chkdsk's way is quite stupid, considering the filenames are nearly always still in those directories and could be restored (or the other way around, wouldn't need to be renamed).
  6. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    chkdsk is a great example of 'dumb' program. It takes what could be a very complex and important task and accomplishes it using the least possible effort and intelligence. I hope chkdsk has a suitable replacement in Longhorn.

    From I've read here, it looks like you'll just have to delete those files and start over again. Perhaps search on or somewhere else on restoring chkdsk chk files. I'd be curious to see what you find, if anything.

    You should run a drive diagnostic on your hard drive. Since your data is probably gone, I would shift you worries over to WHY this happened. A bad hard drive, funny memory problems or Windows itself can cause some odd probelms simliar to what you have experienced.
  7. Mike_oz

    Mike_oz TS Rookie Topic Starter


    yeah i have alread started to get some of the important stuff that is in there (just takes awhile because there is 407 folders)

    ive been looking for some thing that would restore the files but haven't had any luck.

    thanks for your help
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