I have a PII350 w/128meg ram, 16meg rivatnt and 2 drives one Western Digital 18gig and one Maxtor 8.4. I was pressing alt-tab and the machine froze. (Running win98). When I reset it loaded to dos saying that windows couldn't load because I was missing vmm32.dll (or something close) so I though 'ok I can re-install windows' but when I reset again before starting windows gave me the message "invalid disk, remove and press any key" but there was no disk in the drive. Using a boot disk I managed to get into dos. Then when listing the directory on the c: each dir. was listed as ascii symbols. I can successfully copy a file from my d: (which is fine) to the c: then to the a:. The machine also reads the correct amount of free and used space although scandisk can not fix the problem. The 8.4 gig is fine as are the other parts of the machine (cd-rom, cdrw etc.) as far as I can tell. This has happened once before a week after I bought the machine and I had the drive replaced. The computer is less than a year old and the WD 18 gig is only 6 months old. I'm wondering if anyone can suggest a program or solution that would allow me to get my data back, or even a reason for this would be helpful.
P.S. I cannot re-install windows because it says I need to run scandisk to fix problem(s) on the drive but scandisk won't fix them.