Solved Corrupt master file table. CHKDSK aborted.

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February 10, 2013 at 11:07:06
Specs: Windows XP Media Center Edition Version 2002, Pentium 4, 3.2 Ghz, 2 GB RAM
I have a Dell Dimension E310, Pentium 4, 3.2GHz, 2 GB RAM, with Windows Media Center Edition on my C drive. I also have a second Seagate Barracuda disk (1 TB) for my data which is my D drive (Data). When I boot up I get the BSOD reading -

"Checking file system on D:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is Data.

One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency. You may cancel the disk check, but it is strongly recommended that you contine.
Windows will now check the disk.
Corrupt master file table. CHKDSK aborted."

I can access the C drive through Explorer, but cannot access my D drive any more. When I try, it reads..."D:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.

I've already ran "Seatools for DOS" and found 3 errors which it repaired. I still get the same message at boot.

I've run "TestDisk" as well and it did not either. Apparently, my MFT mirror copy was corrupted as well. Still the same message at boot.

How can I restore the master file table for my D drive. Not just recover data to another drive (which I don't have). Please help!!!


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#1
February 10, 2013 at 11:35:57
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When MFT & MFT mirror backup are both damaged, the makers of TestDisk recommend you use Zero Assumption Recovery:
http://www.z-a-recovery.com/

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#2
February 10, 2013 at 13:13:30
Looks a little complicated, but I'll try it. Will it restore all the data on the same drive? Or do I need another to copy it to with this program? I ask because I don't have another drive yet alone one big enough to restore data to. I just need to restore the MFT on my corrupted drive. Also, which tutorial do I follow to do this?

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#3
February 10, 2013 at 13:59:43
Look for the D drive in Windows Disk Management. If it shows there, list all information you see there for that drive.

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#4
February 10, 2013 at 14:57:45
" I ask because I don't have another drive yet alone one big enough to restore data to"
Only really safe way in my opinion, is to get that drive, install an operating system & then work on the "D" drive. That way you have one drive with a good MFT.

Make sure "D" drive is disconnected when installing the new operating system & the AV is installed, just in case "D" is infected.


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#5
February 10, 2013 at 17:20:32
In Disk Management it shows my D: drive as Layout=Partition, Type=Basic, File System=(Blank), Status=Healthy, Capacity=931.51 GB, Free Space=931.51 GB, % Free=100%, Fault Tolerance=No, Overhead=0%.

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#6
February 10, 2013 at 17:46:31
Then run Easeus Partition Recovery to repair the partition. Get it at the link below.

http://www.easeus.com/partition-rec...


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#7
April 21, 2013 at 10:26:10
Hi
I have the same problem with corrupted MFT. Did you fix it without copying the data to another disk?
If so what software did you use to get it fixed?

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#8
April 21, 2013 at 12:38:04
I had to copy the data to my new disk. I used Zero Assumption Recovery. I never found any software to fix the MFT.

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#9
April 21, 2013 at 16:45:11
Tnx. It looks like there is no software to fix a bad MFT. Maybe I'll submit a question for that
I guess that if Zero Assumption Recovery did a good job for you then I will give it a shot too.
thx

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