Came home, started computer, went to the bathroom. Came back and chkdsk was running, it did some things, ok, no big deal. I've gotten about 3 MCE errors in the past 5 months, and I thought it was my boot drive, which is backed up.
Turns out it was my music drive, which is not backed up and is very important to me. My "Music" folder was gone, replaced with a hidden folder named "found.000" and which contains "dir0000.chk," dir0001.chk," etc through dir0004. Also one file, "file0000.chk."
All my music is in dir0000.chk, with the exception of Death Cab For Cutie. Most of that
was in dir0003.chk, with the exception of one album. The individual songs were in dir0004.chk.
I tested some songs and they played fine, so it would appear there is minimal corruption if any, so far.
However, I made a new folder in the main DCFC folder, renamed it appropriately, and moved the songs from dir0004.chk into it. I cut and pasted. Songs will not play, and the folder shows as empty. There is a corresponding ~57 MB in the dir0004.chk folder, but of course it shows as empty when you mouse over it and the liittle window pops up.
I then made a Music folder at the root and cut and pasted my Gorillaz folder into it. Tried to open it, and it said it's not accessible and that access is denied. Gorillaz is gone from dir0000.chk.
I just copy/pasted another folder from dir0000.chk into the root, and was able to play the files. I then cut and pasted it into the Music folder, and got access denied error again. I don't want to experiment anymore as I keep losing music.
Obviously the drive needs to be replaced. (It's a Seagate 300G, ST330083 1A, PATA.) I have some other drives I can jiggle the data around some and I should be able to copy the music to one of them (or two). UNLESS someone knows what the hell found.000 and dir0000.chk folders mean and I shouldn't do that for some arcane reason.
So the data is there. Does anyone have suggestions for making sure I can copy it to another drive, or know of a reason why I shouldn't and if so, how do I get it back?
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