My Win98 Compaq laptop's hard drive died...again. I decided it was time to upgrade, so I bought a Dell Inspiron 9300 w/ XP Pro. I have played around with Partition Magic 8.0, Ghost 2003, etc.
The Compaq's dead drive was removed and placed into an external caddy. I was able to access it from the Dell computer. I thought that I might be able to utilize some of the space on the "good" partition which had all of the restore files.
I went ahead and erased both partitions (although they have not been resized). After further reflection, I decided that I will go out and get a replacement HD for the Compaq so that it can still be used for light work. Now I want to recover the files that were erased from the Compaq drive and eventually image them onto a new replacement drive (not yet purchased).
I found GetDataBack for FAT and it appears that I was able to get back all of the files from the Restore ("D") drive. These files were copied (using GetDataBack) to another external HDD drive (keeping the Compaq HD in it's erased state).
I found the instructions for GetDataBack a bit confusing. The recovered files are now sitting on my external storage USB HDD with a directory that looks something like this:
Below that are six folders labeled as follows:
and so forth. I do not think that this is the way that the original D drive looked on the Compaq. I believe that the Restore CD that came with the Compaq will attempt to look for the files in specific areas. How do I get things back to where they are supposed to be without the extra directory labels?