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Way To Rebuild Partition With $mft File?


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#1 tastyratz

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 10:14 PM

So my storage partition went asouth but I was able to recover a $mft file. I have a 935gb partition that was mostly full and I would really like my stuff back. Ive tried a slew of tools but nothing seems to fully do the trick. Does anyone know if there is a way to use the $mft file to rebuilt my partition? I am not afraid to get my hands dirty I do desktop support for a profession. Thanks!

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 08:06 AM

I believe the $mft file is a copy of your Master File Table ( http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/file/ntfs/archMFT-c.html ) - and, as such, is merely a listing of what files were stored (and where they were stored) on that system. In short, it's not likely to contain the rest of your files.

But, restoring the MFT from a backup "may" allow you to access the rest of your stuff (if it's still intact). What did you use to recover the $mft file?
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Posted 21 September 2007 - 08:58 AM

I would advise the use of file recovery programs with the HD running as a slave. This will make sure you are able to get the most amount of data back from the drive.
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Posted 24 September 2007 - 02:32 PM

drives intact, its a secondary storage volume. all files are intact but the partition information was corrupted. Seem to be having really good luck using "handy recovery" right now, tried about a dozen other ones. Think I will just be all set for the time being. Thanks though!

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 09:26 AM

Another member had some success using a service as indicated in this link: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/107645/fat32-file-system-disappeared-on-external-drive/
Hopefully he'll post back with the price and service provider.
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