I have a Maxtor 300 GB external hard disc (using USB port) with all of my data on it. It has become unreadable on my laptop using WinXP and my LAN server Win2000. However, when I connect it to my brother’s computer, which uses Win98SE, it can view the files.
My brother tried using Norton disc doctor to fix this problem and now I can only view about 1/10th of my data on the hard disc on his computer. He said something about FAT32 being not recognised. He tells me that the data has not been deleted but is just not accessible (I hope he’s right).
I have viewed some software for data recovery on download.com and wondered if anyone has been in a similar situation and could recommend me a software to use? I was thinking of an alternative method which was to install a non-Windows OS and view all my files that way. Is this possible? I was thinking of either Mac or OS/2 (IBM OS).
I have several years of work on it so I’m not going to like it if I have to get rid of it all. I have approximately 230GB in total, which was why I haven’t used back-up with DVD burners due to slow burning amongst other things.
Am I totally lost? This failure to view my data has occured mainly because of Windows crashing apparently.
Here’s the search I did http://www.download.com/3120-20-0.html?qt=recovery&tg=dl-20&search.x=26&search.y=8
Any help will be greatfully appreciated.