On my 8 year old Dell desktop a few years back I was running out of space on the 40GB drive that came with it so I installed a second 60GB drive and moved both my swap file and my documents over to the second drive. Last week I booted the desktop and got a SMART error that the 60GB drive was failing and should be replaced. When I pressed the space bar to continue almost all of my desktop icons were gone. All of what used to be on my desktop still shows up in My Computer when I click on "Desktop" but they are not actually on my desktop anymore.
When I got back from Chicago I tried to clone the 60GB drive but could not because of errors. So instead I cloned the 40GB system drive to a new 160GB drive and installed it in place of the old C drive. The 60GB drive is still in the desktop as the "F" drive. I have moved both the swap file and the My Documents back over to the C drive and now I need to get the rest of the data from the F drive over to the C drive so I can remove the damaged F drive.
I guess I can just copy over what I need as long as it is not in damaged sectors (I have already tried running error correction programs from both Windows and Maxtor with limited success, there are still bad sectors) but how do I get all of my desktop icons to show back up on my actual desktop?