My 120GB laptop disk has crashed and is no longer bootable nor readable by Windows. I was running Windows XP Pro SP3 on it (sole partition).
To save embarrassment let's just say that my last backup was more than one week old! (...and I am planning a new PC with RAID-1)
Ideally I would like to recover 3 files with this priority:
a 25MB Access2003 file (in particular the VBA source code)
a different 25MB Access2003 file (all of)
a 250MB outlook.pst file
I have put the disk in an enclosure and run TestDisk which identified the partition and told me that the root folder and MFT are not readable.
So I got TestDisk to dump it to a ~117GB dump file on local disk.
The source code I want should be located in a handful of 4K clusters. It seems that VBA source code is stored as ordinary non-Unicode text (but with more than "cr-lf" line separators)
I had made numerous copies of File #1 (i.e. "Copy of ...") most of which likely reside on the disk, either in the same folder as the latest version, or in the Trash, and if I could recover any one of them it would likely contain the source code I had not backed up.
Are there any recommendations on how to either:
attempt to reconstruct the files (given that root folder and MFT are munged)? - perhaps software which examines the NTFS log?
quickly search the complete disk dump file for source code ? - i.e. a fast viewer with search facility