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    Rewriting the MFT on an NTFS drive possible??

    ive got an external hdd which has losts its FileSystem, i was wondering if theres a way i can rewrite it to NTFS and recreate the MFT, without losing my files?

    if not ill have to do a file recovery

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    Do a file recovery first. messing with the MFT might work, but if there is any problem with the MFT it will still ruin your files.
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    guh, but that means finding a spare 250gb to shift everything to

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vini
    guh, but that means finding a spare 250gb to shift everything to
    True, so not touching the harddrive now is probably the best way to preserve the data. I always keep enough free space to make sure a failure won't be anywhere near troublesome.
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    I belive there is some recovery software that actually tries to recover by fixing the MFT. However i can't find anything thats free. http://www.uneraser.com/download.htm

    A good question is do you know how the MFT got killed (are you sure its the MFT?)

    there is some redundancy built into NTFS so it has to be quite drastic failure.
    throw new ArgumentException (String, String, Exception)

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    I had this a year or so ago. I did find a free file recovery tool. It was called pci_filerecovery.exe (I think that's the one, I found 7 in all). Question is why you are having the problem in the first place - unless you fix that then you might makes things worse.

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    i dont know why ive got this, i put the HDD into a usb enclosure and plugged it into the pc, worked fine once, turned the computer off and back on the next day and gone. no drive recognised and the computer had it as an unallocated partition

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    Did you try put it back into the computer? May be the USB<->IDE converter chip is f***ed
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    too much effort to do that, id rather just recover the data

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