Please be kind... I messed up...
I have an external Hard Drive (Elements) where I have loaded many photo files & documents as backups. However, thinking that I should also backup my system, I bought an Acronis PC Backup & Recovery program and tried to install it on my Presario 6000 using Windows XP. After installing/registering I tried the initial scan which stopped at 8%. Tried several times, same thing. I then tried to "Clone" the system from the internal Hard Drive to the External Hard Drive. It seemed to be going through, but again stopped unable to read a C: System File.
Now, when I try to access the External File all I get is a "locked" Recovery Folder that- - when opened - gives a WARNING not to delete or "Ability to Recover will be lost" - Also, all reference to the Elements External Hard Drive have been deleted from the Documents Index, as well as, All Programs. Also, I cannot access any of the many backup files & folders that were loaded onto the external drive - they have disappeared. It seems to have been hijacked.
Have I lost all of the data on the External Drive?
What happens if I delete the Acronis program altogether?
Hopefully, some of you can help me out of this mess.