The Master File Table (MFT) is the list maintained by Windows on any NTFS volume that describes the location of files at the block level.

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Corrupted HDD: lost partitions, shrunken drive, damaged boot sectors, CHS and LBA mismatch

So yesterday I received a "dead" 1TB WDC WD10 JVPX-22JC3T0 laptop HDD from a relative. I never really faced anything like this before, but I tried. History: It had been used in a Windows machine, ...
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Corrupt volumes appear as duplicates of working one

I booted my HP n40L using a Linux Live CD which was unable to read any of the volumes (all set up using the pseudo-hardware raid). On returning to Windows two of my three data hdds showed as offline ...
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High response times in HDD. MFT, fragmentation or even halted disk?

I am experiencing really high response times im my HDD, which can go around 13000ms (from Win8 Task Manager). This occurs when starting up windows and for at least 3-4 minutes, also when doing ...
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How to delete a file with a bad file name?

I had a file downloaded from torrent by a media center device on an external hard disk. The file has an invalid filename such as "Movie ** 480p ** NEW.wmv" (without the quotes). I cannot delete or ...
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MFT information for alternate data stream names

I have been working on retrieving file information from MFT. I see that the MFT record has info regarding standard info, file names, data and few other attributes. I tried parsing the MFT record to ...
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There is a way to move $MftMirr other then using PerfectDisk?

I'm trying to resize a Windows 7 system partition, but I can't move some files placed in the middle of the volume. I'd like to shrink the partition further then by half and I don't like the idea of ...
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Corrupt NTFS partition's MFT – Which tool is right? What tool to fix?

I used Avira Rescue Disk (Ubuntu 12.04) to access a broken NTFS boot partition. Windows 7 fails to mount it: it displays a bluescreen ("UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME") and restarts immediately. With the ...
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MFT is corrupt, cannot read its unmapped extend record

I am running a dual boot installation (Windows 7, Ubuntu 64bit) with a shared NTFS partition. Windows was running over night. I normally shut down the computer the next morning. The other day when I ...
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Mark Deleted Files as Undeleted

The capacity of my hard drive is 500 GiB. 150 GB of data got deleted accidently. I didn't write any byte to the drive after that incident, so my data is guaranteed to be there. I have tried apps like ...
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How to remove obsolete users from ACLs and other unneeded data from an NTFS drive?

I have a hard-drive on which I have re-installed Windows many times with numerous users which have accessed numerous files. I’ve also plugged the drive into other Windows computers with other users. ...
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MFT / NTLDR / NTFS (external drive) damaged after ntfsresize (Linux)

I have had an external USB drive attached to a RaspberryPi (headless), 1.5 TB Volume, 100% partition NTFS. During this question Creating ext4 partition from console, my goal was to change the overall ...
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What does it mean to “Repair the MFT”

My computer will not boot because of a corrupted MFT and MFT mirror, I found a program that claims to be able to repair the MFT (Getdataback) but all it seems to do is recover the files that were on ...
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why don't file search utilities just load and parse the MFT?

I've noticed when I search for a file by name (in Windows or Linux) it's typically a disk-intensive process, especially in Windows. It seems that the utility (Windows Search, or "find" in Cygwin) ...
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Why do data-recovery programs often recover files without the original names/structure?

Why do data-recovery programs often recover files without the original names/structure? For instance, I use PhotoRec, I think it is a very good application for recovery purposes but everything it ...
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How to fix NTFS MFT if chkdsk hangs?

Once my external has became too slow I've ran chkdsk /f. And it has found no problems. Next time (in a day approximately) I've ran it it still found no problems in files, indices and security ...
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How can I move the MFT to end of contiguous used space?

I want to move the MFT to end of contiguous used space. Right now it is placed at the middle: I want to move it to the beginning. How can I do that?
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Tool to repair MFT or NTFS journal on a disk which underwent failed hibernation

I've read through some of the posts related to corrupt or not working NTFS partitions, but without a proper solution for my case. Here it is: my system is SSD on mini PCI express (PCIe), with ...
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Recover files that are still there

A few days ago, after bringing my USB-HDD from home and connecting it to my work PC, Windows 7 has automatically showed the "Check Disk window" (the one that you get, when you right-click on the ...
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How to move MFT on Windows 7

I am currently in the process of cloning my HDD to a SSD. As the HDD (320 GB) is bigger than the SSD (120 GB) it was recommended that the HDD be shrunk to a smaller size than the SSD. Using ...
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Is it possible to backup the MFT in Windows? - NTFS

I experienced my first crashed Hard Drive a few days back, luckily it was not the primary disk and was just full of software which I could reinstall on. I tried several utilities like Easeus ...
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Restoring Corrupt TrueCrypt Volume/Container (broken MFT)

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 ...
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How can I view the NTFS system files?

For example, the master file table $Mft is one of the NTFS system files. How can I view the properties of these files (e.g. size)?
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Journaling Folder Size Utility

I have been fascinated with Everything recently. It is a very simple utility that can manage to find stuff incredibly fast on NTFS because it reads the MFT and journal. Is there similar utility for ...
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How do you defragment the MFT on an NTFS disk?

A while ago, I nearly filled my hard drive, much more than the recommended maximum of 85% of capacity. I believe that NTFS started storing files in the space reserved for the Master File Table (MFT) ...
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How do I copy the boot sector from one computer to another?

I have a pair of identical computers. One of them stopped booting the other day (it gets past the BIOS screen then goes black). Booting from a USB recovery stick I've verified that the partition is ...
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Is is possible to restore the MFT of a NTFS partition after a format?

I've searched through several questions but didn't quite find anyone treating mine. So, I have a 1TB external hard drive I use for backup purposes with only 1 NTFS partition. Today using DiskPart I ...
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Windows not showing correct free space on my hard drive

I recently upgraded my laptop's secondary HDD from a 320GB Western Digital to a 640GB Samsung. Before performing the hardware swap, I created a disk image of my drive, and saved it to an external USB ...
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Hard drive RAW but not empty

I've been having some weird difficulties with one of the hard drives in my system and I replaced it yesterday (warranty) in hopes I could solve them, but the problem has followed me to the new drive. ...
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Is there a free Windows utility for MFT recovery of the NTFS partition?

Is there a free Windows utility for MFT recovery of the NTFS partition?
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Master File Table corrupt, any way to save data?

I've used search, but none of the results match my problem so I didn't have to ask separate question. I've installed Windows 7 RTM recently and since then partitions located on one of my HDDs have ...