I want to get the best advice/results possible for my (quite unsettling) problem, so I will explain it first in short, then in detail, below:
In a nutshell:
My Western Digital WDC WD2000JB-00GVA0 200GB hard drive was working perfectly just moments ago.
Now, some, but not all, folders which contained many files are displayed in 'my computer' as 0kb files.
The drive, however, is displayed as healthy, active, and 175gb full, just as before.
My computer is normally configured with an 80GB Seagate Master- I will now refer to this as the SEAGATE, and a Western Digital WDC WD2000JB-00GVA0 200GB Slave- I will now refer to this as the WDC. Both drives have never had any problems up to this point. A friend gave me a 60gb Maxtor 4D060H3- I will now refer to this as the MAXTOR. Because all my Primary IDE and Secondary IDE openings were full, I invested in an "SATA to IDE dongle" for converting the Maxtor ATA HDD to SATA Interface (2 of which my motherboard has).
I hooked up the dongle to the Maxtor and put it into the SATA1 slot in my mobo, and configured the BIOS. This did not work. I tried several times. I even tried "hot plugging" the SATA cable. During this attempt I bumped a power cable that contacted (only) the Maxtor's power input slot, which shorted the computer and it immediately shut down. This i consider negligible, especially since it happened to the Maxtor hard drive. I later came to the conclusion/was told that the Maxtor was probably dead (also, it previously had some version of linux on it). So I 'gave up,' took out the SATA cord, unhooked the dongle from the Maxtor, and put the BIOS settings back to what the were before. That is fine, I'm not concerned about the Maxtor...
Now, I am back to my exact previous hardware configuration. I have discovered that the WDC slave hard drive is showing some folders as 0 KB files. In the root HDD directory, there are 17 folders, 3 of which are now shown as 0kb sized files. This is a very upsetting, as these folders contained almost all of 150gb of important backup files. I simply cannot comprehend what could have caused this. Throughout the above explained process I did nothing to this drive to cause this.
What I have done so far:
I ran chkdsk on the WDC hard drive slave
Results were fine, reporting file, index, and security descriptor as verified. It showed this:
195350368kb total disk space
183665352kb in 87273 files
45768kb in 10092 indexes
0kb in bad sectors
170296kb in use by the system
65536kb occupied by the log file
11468952kb available on disk.
4096 bytes in each allocation unit
48837592 total allocation units on disk
2867238 allocation units available on disk
Drive properties show 175gb used and 11gb free on the drive.
I have Windows Vista installed on another partition on the Seagate Master. I booted up the computer in that OS, and viewed the WDC slave hard drive from 'my computer...' it showed the exact same 0kb files, rather than folders, as in WinXP.
All this seems normal, yet three root folders, which contain many folders and files, are now displayed as files of size 0 kb. Despite all this, the Seagate Master drive is just fine.
Should I replace the IDE cable?
Should I make an image of the WDC somehow, and rewrite it somewhere else?
Check my profile for my computer system specs.
ANY HELP, advice, or questions are GREATLY appreciated.