I've decided to ask on the forums here as I'm totally stumped as to what to do next.
A girl in work recently had her PC BSOD. Took the disk out and put it into an identical machine, but it did the same thing. So, I slaved it off the identical machine and was able to see that all the files/folders (bar 3) were hidden. Weird. So I unhid them and ran a chkdsk on it. No corruptions were found. I was now however able to boot from the drive in both computers. Before I removed the disk, I rebooted and cloned the drive using the Easeus disk clone application/tool.
Now, here's the stranger part. All the files/folders are date back to May 2011. So any work that had been done between now and then is gone, can't be seen or found. My first instinct was to send the disk away to a recover company as I didn't want to muddy the waters any by trying to recover files or folder and maybe messng the disk up any more. So off it went, and the report came back this week. All this recovery crowd can see from the disk is the May 2011 files, but nothing after. I know disk recovery companies are generally first class at recovering data from a drive or disk that has failed or died, but in this instance, even though I explained the situation to them, is there any chance that they have missed something? Is there anything I would be able to try, even on the cloned disk as it was a sector by sector clone, so it will be the same data I'm reading.