Hi - thanks to anyone who can suggest a way to find my data. I know it's there, mostly photographs. For some reason all I can see under My Computer is "Local Disk (D:) No files are visible and the last time I used that (D:) drive - the other day - there were 76 Gigs on there.
Here's what it looks like now. I JUST made this screenshot:
I think that the file system is probably NTFS because FAT32 is only listed next to my (C:) drive.
Under "My Computer>Local Disk (D:)> Properties it shows 0 bytes of used space, 0 bytes of free space.
Scan disk doesn't seem to be able to do anything - so no summary of that process. I'm not sure if I'm running scandisk properly thought. I've tried the one under "Tools>Error-checking." Is that right?
The drive in question is a Maxtor 6Y080P0 (those are zeros, not the letter "O") It's an 80 Gig 3.5-Inch ATA / EIDE drive. I'm not sure about the motherboard specs or model #. I have a Dell Dimension 4100 desktop. If anyone needs them, just tell me where to looks - thanks.
5.) I did open up the computer to make sure the connecting plugs were inserted all the way. Last night I brought the drive to a friend's house, he connected it to his Windows XP computer and it immediately detected a problem with the hard drive. So I know that my computer is functioning properly as was my friends'.
I didn't change the bios.
I hope this is enough info to be useful in piecing this together. Please let me know if there is anything I could do on my end to help diagnosis this.