I'm not sure if there's anything that can be done, but it's worth a shot asking.
I ended up having to spend the bulk of today trying to get my computer working again, after it refused to boot. Apparently a system file got corrupted which prevented it from starting, even into Safe Mode. Anyway, I got it up and running for the time being (plan to reinstall Windows after I get everything backed-up), but I've got a small problem.
One of the folders I had some data in, during the recovery process, got screwed up and is now seen by the OS as just a file with no extension association. Fortunately I had backed the data up in that folder about a month ago (so it's not completely lost), but since I can't currently access the folder (since it isn't seen as one), I'm looking at a loss of a month's worth of stuff.
Does anyone know if it's possible to get this "file" changed back into a folder? If so, how? And is the file's 0 bytes a sign everything that was in it is lost, or is it just that since it was a folder, it wouldn't have the size, since they were separate files in and of themselves?
The computer is about nine years old, but getting a new one currently isn't an option, and is running Windows XP. This also seems to be the only data I've "lost" fortunately, aside from the last two years of e-mail (although I could have sworn I had a much more recent back-up that I just can't seem to locate), although it could also just the the only obvious problem.