C Drive is blank!!
Posted on 2003-11-25
Just got a user that tried to load Win98 and it started the boot process but said cannot find WIN.COM and bombed out at the DOS prompt.
DIR *.* /S /AH showed nothing at all in the C: - not even autoexec.bat - Strange!
Booted from a Win98 boot disk and then done a DIR C: and files were shown and the correct structure was there. At this point I should have backed up the system, but didn't - DOH!
I decided to do the following:
FDISK /MBR thinking the MBR was corrupted
Reboot. System now stays at C: Prompt and the only file is Command.com (except hidden files) which isn't what I wanted.
Booting from the floppy now shows the same and a ghost image the same again.
Heres the question. Is there anyway of getting the data back from a DOS prompt? The user thinks he has alread lost his data so if it can't be recovered not to worry, they should take backups anyway. I am thinking the FDISK /MBR would have made it so that even recovery utilties won't see the files.