bad mft nfts to fat32

Intel core 2 duo / 1860mhz
January 2, 2009 at 06:06:00
Specs: Windows XP, 1gb
hi guys
iv read alot of articles in the site and didnt get an answer to my problem
a week ago i tried to add 20gb partition to my c: drive with had xp installed on it
when reboot computer didnt boot to windows and i tried to fix it with some programs and nothing helped me
in testdisk i get an error that says that the mft and mft mirror are bad
i cant access the drive from any program or computer
i can only rescue the data with recovery programs but thats not what i want
i want to repair the current xp install on the hard drive
i tried also to do repair with the xp cd and that didnt help
i read a post on the site that someone converted his partition from ntfs to fat32 and fix the problem but i cant do it
because i need more space on the partition and i cant resize the partition
if somene has a solution to this problem it will be great
i dont want to format the drive
thanks

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#1
January 2, 2009 at 06:37:03
Have you already tried the repair option from the windows xp cd from within the repair console.
There you'll get a DOS prompt.
Here you have to do a
fixboot
and a
fixmbr

Then exit and restart. See what happens.


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#2
January 2, 2009 at 07:13:24
Try using caps & punctuation when you post a question.

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#3
January 2, 2009 at 07:45:25
>> There you'll get a DOS prompt. <<

No you don't. You get a command prompt. Not the same thing as there is no DOS in Windows XP.

If the MFT is bad Chkdsk /F would be a better thing to try. If that fails reformat may be your only option.

Stuart


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#4
January 2, 2009 at 08:49:00
Ok Thanks guys i guese my last option is to format
But still i dont get it
Why because the MFT is damaged and the OS cant access the Hard Drive i need to format all the data
I mean all the files and data saved on the disk is fine and didnt damaged
Just because some information files were damaged i need to lose all of my data
thats sucks

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#5
January 2, 2009 at 09:34:45
@StuartS
>> There you'll get a DOS prompt. <<

No you don't. You get a command prompt. Not the same thing as there is no DOS in Windows XP.

Is this really necessary to solve that problem.
The main key is, that he has to use fixmbr and fixboot, maybe with driveletter (fixmbr C:) to solve that problem.

Reformat would in my point of view, the really last option. Chkdsk /f will definitely not solve that problem.


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#6
January 2, 2009 at 09:57:22
"there is no DOS in Windows XP.

Yes there is! It's an emulated DOS, but it's still just another version of DOS.

Even if you don't agree that it is, we all know what he meant.

NTVDM = NT virtual DOS machine


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#7
January 2, 2009 at 10:22:30
The MFT is the Master File Table. It does pretty much the same job as the File Allocation Table does in FAT32 only better and more efficiently. If it gets corrupted all the files on the disk are inaccessible by normal means.

All FixMBR and FixBoot does is fix the Master Boot record and the drive boot record. They are accessed directly, not via the file system as they are always stored on a particular place on the disk.

If the file system is broke then nothing happens. You need to fix the file system, which is what Chkdsk does.

THERE IS NO DOS IN WINDOWS XP

Stuart


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#8
January 2, 2009 at 13:19:07
Try using testdisk.

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Test...

If you can't recover the partition then try recovering your data by using Knoppix.

Knoppix is a live version of Linux and may be able to see and copy your files. Knoppix installs to and runs from ONE CDR. You will need somewhere to copy the files to. Knoppix can access any storage medium you can access using Windows.

Knoppix is free but a 700MB download. You also need to burn it to a CDR.

Go to the link below. Try the sixth line from the bottom. It is an ISO of Ver.5 696MB.

http://www.kernel.org/pub/dist/knop...


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#9
January 2, 2009 at 17:31:01
If you have data that you want to save, the safest method is to start with another hard drive. Remove the old drive, install the new, install the operating system, install programs. Then install old drive as slave or on another channel and copy the data off. Only after you are sure you got everything may you re-format and test the old drive.

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#10
January 3, 2009 at 07:37:36
Data recovery via Linux variants on a cd (Knoppix or Ubuntu being just two) or slaving sed drive to another working system are both viable/workable options.

Fixing the mft...

Are you absolutely sure it is the mft? What is the "exact" message you are getting? What utilities did you use earlier to try and repair things?

As regards the use of chkdisk etc... not wishing to get deep into that discussion - but... it does seem to be a recognised path to use in resolving this issue (even if not always successfully so) - viz:

http://www.techsupportforum.com/har...

and the two M$ links low down do deal with it - mostly wrg W2K and XP-64bit...

This link also discusses it - and points out the chkdisk may not always fix it; but also offers a util that "may". Failing which a reformat is apparently your only other option? Although I'd be inclined to to try a repair install first (nothing to lose if all else appears to have failed)?

http://help.wugnet.com/windows/repa...

And a trawl on the www using:

repair XP mft

as the string/search term does bring up a range of hits on the subject.

BUT - Initially see if you can recover data etc. - as in copy the required files across to wherever (via Linux variant on a cd - or by slaving the drive to another working system)? Logically that is the prime target to achieve first?


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