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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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How to shrink C: partition and still keep MFT files at end of new, smaller partition?

I learned (here) how to shrink my C: partition, sidestepping my Win7 system's insistence on keeping the C: partition at least half the size of the physical disk. However, the technique for doing ...
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NTFS partition no longer accessible, 3 MFT records corrupted, way to fix them?

I have a 2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 HDD with one NTFS partition. I hadn't used it in months, when I plugged it again this partition had inexplicably become inaccessible : the volume's letter appears in ...
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Wiping free space - NFTS, exFAT?

I'm trying to wipe some of my older (NTFS, external) hard drives, but even after using 'Wipe free space' programs like CCleaner and Eraser, the file names are still visible in file recovery programs. ...
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Rebuild massively fragmented files with a partial image and a list of their sectors

In an attempt to recover as much data as possible off of a failing 3TB HDD, I proceeded like this : I made a surface scan with HD Sentinel, which identified two small damaged areas and about 100 bad ...
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Insufficient disk space to repair master file table (MFT) mirror

I borrowed an empty 500GB Toshiba HDD from a friend of mine. I have a 1 TB HDD installed in my laptop which I needed to clone to the new 500GB HDD. I quick formatted the drive 500GB HDD just to be ...
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Partition recovery for NTFS partition with corrupted MFT [duplicate]

The affected SSD is removed from a laptop with 4 partitions to be used in an external enclosure, one primary partition (C:) cannot be found in Windows, but could be read in Ubuntu. After I was trying ...
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Broken NTFS' MFT and mirror

Windows was running chkdsk, battery emptied during that, and laptop shut down. When I start it up, I get something like: Disk read error I tried booting from Window's disk and running chkdsk /f /r, ...
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SSD TRIM Garbage Collection and affect on MFT Meta Data (security)

Does the way a SSD with trim and garbage collection handle deleted files make any changes to the deleted files MFT meta data entries for tiny files? What affect specifically do SSD's have on tiny ...
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Maximum size of file that can be stored entirely in NTFS Master File Table (MFT)

I'm using Windows 7 and NTFS. I've noticed the MFT is a huge security risk because it can store sensitive document files without user knowledge for a long time before they get overwritten. All tests ...
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Security on SSD with Trim - how Trim handles small files and files in the MFT

I can't find any specific answers to this and I've looked all over. This query is about windows 7 and ntfs trimmed SSD using a SATA II port. I've noticed video files that I try to recover on a ...
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MFT Zone is not 12.5% (Zone 1) ? Huh?

I recently became aware of MFT Zone, which is one of four levels: 1, 2, 3, 4. An NTFS volume is formatted with default Level 1, or 12.5% according to Microsoft (unless user specifies different level)....
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Is there a copy of the main MBR and MFT on a drive?

I'm talking about something like a backup copy located on a drive, in addition to the main. If there is, how would I be able to retrieve it and write the backup back to the main partition?
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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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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? [duplicate]

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? [duplicate]

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 Windows&...
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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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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 ...