Yes, I got data off of the NTFS drive!
First, if anyone wants to know about disk structures, I urge them to go to www.ntfs.com. This is the best website for such information I’ve ever seen, and I’m so lucky to have found it yesterday. Aside from going into the nitty gritties of disk structures from FAT12 to NTFS5 (and even gives a tantalizing look at WinFS!), it has a freeware program called READNTFS.EXE that lets you explore an NTFS drive from DOS. This is very important, because if you’ve got a drive that’s slightly corrupted (like my wife’s), you can’t boot Windows NT, 2000, XP, etc. to read it. Anyway, what’s even better is that READNTFS will let you copy files to a FAT or FAT32 drive! It took all night (literally), but I got the important data off of her drive.
Caveat: The tool is wonderful in that it actually works, but it is slow. It takes upwards of two minutes to scan each folder you enter, so if you’re trying to copy a large tree (as I was), bring a snack, a good book, or perhaps a cot. (Maybe someday I’ll take the knowledge on the website to write a more efficient version, ubergeek that I am. 8^) But 2,615 files and 2.1GB later, IT WORKS!!!
(P.S., yes, that’s a Star Trek quote in the title. So shoot me, it’s been a long night.)