Hi I'm getting in here late, but here are a couple of HD recovery sites; GetDataBack - Do-it-yourself Data Recovery Software - Comercial http://www.runtime.org/gdb.htm No matter what the disaster scenario is- GetDataBack will recover your data if the hard drive's partition table, boot record, FAT/MTF or root directory are lost or damaged, data was lost due to a virus attack, the drive was formatted, fdisk has been run, a power failure has caused a system crash, files were lost due to a software failure, files were accidentally deleted... ~~~~ Drive Rescue - Undelete and data recovery tool V1.9d, last update 06/30/2002 http://home.arcor.de/christian_grau/rescue/ Finds also drives with lost boot sectors and lost FATs (on FAT drives only) Recovers files with proper date/time Saves recoverd data also to a network drive. Recovery of lost files (files without reference from a directory, e.g. due to quick-format) The following file types are supported: ARJ, AVI, BMP, CDR, DOC, DXF, DBF, XLS, EXE, GIF, HLP, HTML, JPG, LZH, MID, MOV, (MP3), PDF, PNG, RTF, TAR, TIF, WAV, ZIP Searching the specific file deleted/lost Viewing the file deleted/lost ~~~ File Rescue 2.7! http://www.softwareshelf.com/products/fr.asp Recover Accidentally Deleted Files Quickly and Easily! Has someone in your company accidentally deleted a critical file? Emptied their Recycle Bin? No problem! What's New and Improved in File Rescue 2.7? XP compatible File Rescue is now compatible with and supported under Windows XP. Uses less memory Much less memory is needed for recovery which makes it easier and safer for File Rescue to salvage large files. Faster and better performance Numerous enhancements were made to the base product to improve speed and performance. Improved emergency undelete A small =93no install=94 executable file (fits on a single floppy diskette) is provided. This allows you to "undelete" files without installing the full product and risking overwriting the files you want to recover. Improved FAT32 file handling Substantially improved handling of FAT32 files for users of Windows 2000 and XP. Improved NTFS file handling Improved handling of files in NTFS file structure. Recover more files File Rescue 2.7 can help you recover more of your critical files that have been accidentally deleted. New improved installation New Windows Installer based installation routines. ~~~~ Mike ~ It is a good day if I learned something new. Editor MikesWhatsNews see a sample on my web page http://www3.telus.net/mikebike <mikeswhatsnews-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx?Subject=3Dsubscribe> See my Anti-Virus pages ~ http://virusinfo.hackfix.org *********** REPLY SEPARATOR *********** On 08/08/2002 at 8:11 PM Ron Allen wrote: >Is there some way to fix the FAT on a computer or is the computer toast? Well, it depends. Don't you love firm answers? :) First, are you certain the problem is with the FAT? Are you getting any specific error messages? What operating system, and what kind of hard drive? Are you using overlay software (MaxBlast or whatever Western Digital calls their version)? Assuming the problem is the FAT, you could conceivably recover by running ScanDisk. If you can't run ScanDisk or even load Windows, there are tools that "may" be able to recover some of the data... but as a general rule they are relatively expensive. Mike may know of a freeware or low-cost alternative to the commercial products I've heard of. Ultimately, if the drive itself has not given out, you should be able to use fdisk and reformat to return the drive to a clean condition, then re-install Windows. If the drive has quit working, or if the heads have crashed and the actual platters inside have been damaged, then the drive is, as you say, toast. However a drive going bad does not mean the computer is unusable. Hard drives are fairly inexpensive these days, and you should be able to buy a new drive for the machine. Ron - Users can unsubscribe from this list by sending email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface at http://web.tampabay.rr.com/spider1/24hrsupport.htm.