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    Reading .chk files..

    Recently I had a sector go bad in my hard drive, and I ended up renaming about 1300 of my files to filexxx.chk through scandisk. I am missing many important things, such as my desktop...
    Is there any program to read these chk files? I have done it in notepad but it looks like a foreign language to me.
    Thank you,
    Solomon
    They're coming to America.....
    -1980, Neil Diamond

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    Probably 95% is unusable but you need a hex editor to read it. Here is an oldie but goodie to try: http://www.calweb.com/~webspace/uncheck/index.htm
    I never save mine, just say no, and let 'em go. Have had too many experiences with other peoples data trying to recover junk. Good luck.



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    I would keep an eye on that hard-drive and make sure your backups are up to date, looks like its days are numbered.
    Qualifications:
    I have read:
    Windows 3.11 for Dummies
    Windows 95 for Dummies (Second Chapter)

    Fed up with UK 0870 Phone Numbers

    Backup Boogaloo, you know it makes sense to do.

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    hi,
    and welcome to VDr
    looks to me you may have to run setup over the existing windows installation.
    the way I read your message, you cannot start windows, see.

    Okay, IF do not have a true full windows cdrom (iow, you have a restore CD)
    you may have the installable cabinets on hard drive.
    from dosprompt you run
    cd\
    edit test.txt

    put a word in there, maybe "listing"
    hit ALT to see the menu, save, and exit the file.
    then run this
    dir *.cab /s /w /p>>test.txt

    then again run
    edit test.txt
    you should see the listing of all files ending with CAB

    with any luck, you find a directory windows\options\ which has the cabinets

    if it is there
    exit out of the edit screen and run
    cd windows\options
    setup

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    [This message has been edited by jtdoom (edited 04-25-2001).]
    Kind regards, Jaak.

    When I pull my bootstraps, why don't I load Windows?

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    Dupo24 wrote
    I would like to thank those of you that helped me figure out how to read those chk files, namely Nick Grana, Philgo, and jtdoom. This is directed to jtdoom: I have the damaged drive, which is a Western Digital, plugged into my Quantum as a slave, and that is how I can access these files. Reinstalling Windows was a snap, I think disk 3 is damaged, I couldn't install from that disk, so I skipped those files, and found them on the internet and replaced them where necessary. i still don't know if I can repartition this drive and put it in my 1ghz P3 pc I just built. This was the plan, to take out one of the drives and place in the other pc. So, after filling in the ini file, which was a snap, I found several images, and a few documents. I had about 1300 files to search through, and I did the best I could. I think the others are fragments of files, not real files themselves, and can be deleted.
    Thank you,
    Solomon

    Hi solomon,

    ****.chk files are indeed hell to knit and stitch together.
    Putting that drive in other machine to get the install files on it was good thinking.
    Jeesh, how can I be so dense so as not to think of it?
    I obviously overlooked that you had a second machine...
    keep on rocking.
    Thanks for heads up.


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    If what I heard was free advice, would I take it? Jaak

    Pls bookmark your topic? You'll want to avoid starting a new topic when old is NOT yet resolved.
    Kind regards, Jaak.

    When I pull my bootstraps, why don't I load Windows?

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