I'm in a bit of a jam. It concerns undeleting files. I'll be as in detail as possible.
The situation: I just bought a 1tb iomega prestige external hdd. It came NTFS, and i used diskmgmt.msc from start->run to delete the partition in hopes of formatting it to fat32 for use of my ps3. I deleted it, went to reformat, only to find it didn't support fat32 formatting.
no biggie, i did some research, found a program called Swiss army knife. i was able to format the drive to fat 32. I then copied over my files and folders and unplugged it safely from the pc. Nothing showed up on my ps3 so I plugged it back into my pc to find that it was indeed fat 32, but like 990gb were used. the files i copied were 40gb max.
I go into my computer to find a ton of file and folders with screwy macro type characters that are fairly large in size!?
I open up swiss army knife to have a peak, and it says in the window it is fat 32 file system. however in the drop down box, also labeled "file system" it says fat16.
I downloaded a program to undelete files, and with some success I was able to recover some (i haven't scanned the complete harddrive for files, I only did a search for .doc to test it out).
I'm convinced that the original file structure (folders, directories, layout) are still in tact but im having a problem accessing it. I think the conflict is in fat 16/fat 32 confusion.
It does sound like it was corrupted somehow, the fact you found .doc files is a bit odd though. Have you tried opening them to see if they are actually doc files and not just what it thought might be doc files?
I think your HDD is corrupted, i solved something like that using a software called Active@ KillDisk, which cleans every data on the HDD, so you can retry formatting. I also recommend you to format using another software then the windows' default one.