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Recover data from Found.000 after Norton's Speed disk and Windows' check disk that went wrong

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This machine has a 2 partition disk, one of it has Win98(FAT32) and the other WinXP(NTFS), when XP was installed the space left in 98 partition was too little, causing it not to run due to swap file malfunction.

Then we tried to redimention both partitions, making a full backup before (we believed)
When I tried to use Norton Ghost it stated the disk was not de-fragmented so I executed Norton Speed Disk, after it finished it asked for a checkdisk.

After the checkdisk finished in the FAT32 partition appeared a folder called File.000 and inside it about 8000 files called FileXXXX.chk

The thing is, what started as a normal procedure ended up in a failed backup of several important files, including some friend's thesis....

I need to recover the data on the .chk files, maybe undoing the chkdsk ¿? or maybe the Norton speed disk messed things up ¿?

Appreciate your help
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Errr... chk files are files that are created by Scandisk, and I don't believe there is an actual working program to recover them. When Scandisk finds a problem with a file on your hard drive, it turns the data into the .chk file. Pretty stupid way of doing things on Microsoft's part.
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I've been able to get some data out of those files before.  I just used the application that I would use for the data normally to try to open the .chk file.  If I was looking for a Word doc, then I would start opening .chk files with Word, for example.

Good luck,

Jared
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