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how to view hidden files on an NTFS drive that were copied from a Mac?

Data recovery software It detects the folders but it's taking forever to "recover" given that these files haven't been deleted in the first place. As far as data recovery software is ...
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All NTFS volumes on drive turning inaccessible at the same time

Problem is chkdsk ran and 'repaired' the file system to a 'consistent state'. However to achieve this it sacrificed the directory structure etc. and moved all files to found.000 folders. NEVER run ...
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How to recover file system access after losing non-mirrored MFT records?

I am not aware of any tools that can do this, mirror of MFT only contains first 4 records if I am not mistaken despite the popular belief that a backup of the entire MFT exists somewhere. These are ...
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How to recover file system access after losing non-mirrored MFT records?

One tool that specializes in recovery partially-destroyed disks is TestDisk. The recovering of the MFT and the partitions table is described in the article Advanced NTFS Boot and MFT Repair. Note that ...
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Why the location for Partition entry in MBR doesn't contain partition entry?

A picture says more than a thousand words.. 64 bytes at offset 0x01BE (446), with room for 4 entries of 16 bytes each. In this case only one entry is used to define a GPT Protective Partition as the ...
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Is it safe to delete a file that is reportedly bigger than it should be

In case there is a problem with the disk, I suggest as first step to ensure that you have backups for the data on the disk. As the disk is NTFS, it's best handled on Windows as follows. As second step,...
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Is it safe to delete a file that is reportedly bigger than it should be

That's not necessarily erroneously bigger than your whole drive. Many filesystems including NTFS and ext4 support sparse files, in which areas consisting entirely of 'zero' bytes (00 00 00 00 ...) do ...
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Is there a way to make changes to an NTFS hard-linked file be written to a new file?

This would not be a "hardlink" anymore; it would be called a "reflink" or "copy-on-write link". Copy-on-write links are not supported by NTFS, as it doesn't support ...
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