Recovering files after chkdsk has removed them

Every time I opened a file or folder on my computer it told me it wasn't there although I could see the icon.  It also kept telling me to run chkdsk.  I tried to change file extensions on the excel files so I could open them but it didn't work.  So chkdsk ran the next time I rebooted and now the files are gone.  Does anyone know how get a list of the files that chkdsk removed or is there a way to recover them?

Thanks in advance


You can look at the root of the C:\ drive for a folder named (where xxx is some numbers starting with zero). Inside will be files called Filexxxx.CHK (where xxxx is some number starting with zero). Sometimes these files can be recovered (made useful) and sometimes they are corrupted. The best thing to do is to retrieve the files from your backup. If you don't have backups, then you can try data recovery software. I also suggest you test the hard drive because it sounds like it may be failing.

DO NOTHING FURTHER ON THE DRIVE . The data is still on the hard drive but if you overwrite it, it will be extremely difficult or impossible to recover it. If you use data recovery software, install it on another machine and either use it from that operating system or create a bootable cd/floppy and work with that. If you don't have the skill and/or equipment to do these procedures and the data is crucial, take the machine to a professional computer repair shop that has experience in doing data recovery. This will not be a BigComputerStore/GeekSquad type of place. In-shop data recovery is usually not exactly cheap (for example, my charges are generally $150-350USD), but it normally costs less than sending the drive to a company likeDrive Savers . You need to make the determination of the value of your data and decide what to do.

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Last updated May 31, 2021 Views 23,060 Applies to: