I was using someone's laptop a few days ago. I tried to open up an access file and the application hung. I tried to kill the End Task, but the End Task hung. So I tried to end that task and it didn't do anything. Tried it a few times then all of a sudden, a lot of hanging end tasks popped up. I tried to kill the process, but the laptop froze. I waited a while and it wasn't moving. The processor was at 100% *20. I ended up turning off the laptop and then turning it back on after 10 seconds.
Long story short, the hard drive crashed. I tried going into the Windows Recovery consule. Did a checkdsk, passed. Then did a checkdsk /v, didn't. I put the hard drive of the laptop into a USB enclosure and tried to go in as an external drive, but it didn't see the drive. I tried a PCI converter and set it up as a slave drive, didn't work.
Later I grab my Winternals disk and use Disk Commander. Search for physical drives without an assigned letter. After hours of scanning, I finally got data available to me. I copied over the entire Documents and Settings folder into another hard drive and found the following in the:
Documents & Settings\%name of user%\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\
I was able to retrieve a pst file in another folder
I was looking for the local settings, but didn't have any luck. I even ran a search for "Outlook.pst"
Does anyone know what these files do and know of any other directory other than Documents & Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook ?
I'm going to run Winternals again to see if I can retrieve more.