My hardware doesn't seem to like me anymore :-/
I have a 500 GB external HDD (NTFS) which contains a "standard" (= not hidden) TrueCrypt container of 400 GB of which about 100-150 GB are actually used. I can mount the crypted volume to an arbitrary Windows drive letter and can also see this volume in my Windows Explorer. But I can not access it (error says it's a corrupt file system). Therefore, I can't run chkdsk or anything on it (which is what TrueCrypt tries to do with it's built in functionalities)
What I tried
- TrueCrypt also offers the option to restore the Volume Header, but that didn't get me any points either.
- Tried TestDisk. It recognizes it as a NTFS volume, but won't list files etc. (same error as above). I ran the option to restore the boot sector which took forever but finished without errors. Next I chose the 'Repair MFT' option and TestDisk said it can't read the MFT.
So I guess my question actually is/are:
- Is it possible to restore a corrupt MFT somehow?
- As I can mount the volume, is there a chance I can get my files back via a data recovery tool (Recuva or something like it; which would be your top choice?)
Any help greatly appreciated!
- OS: Windows XP SP3
- HDD: Toshiba 500 GB (NTSF)
- TrueCrypt: version 7.1, 32bit