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Files disappeared from my computer. On running a system search, they were found in C:\found.001\disk0001.chk

I want to go in there and have a look, if there are other files there too, but it gives me an access denied message. I ran chkdsk but it said no problems.

Ideally I would want to run a recovery utility (not the ones for deleted files) that would restore them all to the respective locations. Though I am lucky, I still have them at this weird place.

I am on windows 7.

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Does your user account have Administrator privileges on the computer? –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Apr 8 '12 at 18:40
    
The files were put there by chkdsk. They are "lost" files (or parts of files) that were found to not be in any directory when chkdsk ran. For security reasons they are probably only accessible to the administrator. You should be able to sign on as administrator and move/rename them. –  Daniel R Hicks Apr 8 '12 at 18:55
    
I am the administrator. And they are lost files. I can access them through the cmd all right. But I wanna get them all - each and everything and from gui. So I can 'see' what's there. –  Saad Rehman Shah Apr 8 '12 at 19:00
    
I don't know why the admin account wasn't being allowed to browse to that folder. But I made the System Files visible and copied all the found* folders, and then happily explored them. I think I can even delete the actual ones, since I have their copy with. Is it safe to do so? –  Saad Rehman Shah Apr 8 '12 at 19:51

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There are ways to recover them. Search on google for

They are probably the best solution for you.

With these applications, it scans those CHK files and retrieves your files, without breaking the original chk examined one. it's been surely been made after a scandisk of some sort by windows, and it maybe found it corrupted, that's why it finished there.

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Can you perhaps explain how these can help? Real links would be nice as well. :) –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Apr 8 '12 at 18:49
    
Added links and in simple: They check your hard disk for the files and if still in good conditions, the software is able to give it back to you ;) –  TweakFix Apr 8 '12 at 19:38
    
I would have used the unchk program to find out about my data or Avira UE to recover it, but, perhaps because of frequent defragging, there were very few files and all where in their wholesome state! with the extensions and filenames. So I just copied them :) Thanks a lot for telling me about these. –  Saad Rehman Shah Apr 8 '12 at 19:53
    
You are welcome –  TweakFix Apr 9 '12 at 11:50

I just successfully saved a ton of irreplaceable files by retrieving them from the file.000 directory. I was denied access at first and had to change the permissions following some advice from this post. After changing the permissions, I was able to copy and retrieve the files without using any additional data recovery/chk software.

The first answer didn't work for me, but the solution from AdamGoff worked perfectly.

Backstory: one of my folders suddenly disappeared my from my external drive due to some drive error. I ran dskchk and then went on to try some data recovery software (easeus & virtuallab) but after almost a days worth of scanning they didn't recover/reveal the files in the file.000 directory.

I finally found that my files still existed in file.000 with active@-file recovery software, but I have a 10 year old version and their file recovery is painstakingly tedious when dealing with the amount of subfolder structure and files I have. So I ended up using the permissions changing to access the files directly from explorer to retrieve my precious files. So if anyone else encounters a similar problem. Check your drive's file.000 folder (may be hidden).

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