How to Restore Files from Damaged NTFS Partition?

Now-a-day all Windows operating systems make use of advanced NTFS file system to store the data in hard drive. NTFS means New Technology File System, which has high performance and self healing file system proprietary to Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2008, 2003, 2000, NT. It supports file-level security, compression and auditing. The most important feature of NTFS is data integrity and ability to encrypt files and folders to protect your sensitive data. The NTFS supports hard drive sizes up to 256TB on Windows operating system.

Even though we are using so many advanced technologies; there are many chances of losing data from NTFS partitions on hard drives. Some of the possibilities of losing data from NTFS partition are listed below:

  • Unintentionally formatting or reformatting of the NTFS drive on Windows PC
  • The data in the NTFS drive may be damaged due to system malfunction
  • If the NTFS file system on hard drive gets damaged, then the data in the drive will become inaccessible
  • Repetitive reformatting of NTFS hard drive partition will make you lose valuable files and folders that are stored in the drive
  • Due to Master boot record corruption the NTFS partition becomes inaccessible
  • The virus or malware infection can also damage NTFS partition on computer

Recovering files from your NTFS partition is necessary when the structure of the partition has become corrupt due to damage or drive failure, rendering one or more files unreadable. You can accomplish this by rewriting the structure of the partition using the drive repair software included with your operating system.

How to restore damaged partition using test disk?

While booting the system press F8 button as soon as you press Windows in grub that should get you into the repair console. The command for testing disk on Windows7 Operating System is given below.

  • Vista/7/CHKDSK (if you’re using other version of Windows7 Operating System then use your present OS version instead of Vista)
  • chkdsk [drive] /f /r
  • chkdsk C:/r
  • /r: locates bad sectors and recovers readable information.
  • /f: fixes error on the disk.

Even though by using the test disk you are not able to recover files from the damaged NTFS drive on Windows operating system. Then use the best recovery software to restore your files from broken NTFS partition on computer.

NTFS drive recovery software:

Yodot Hard Drive Recovery is one of the effective partition recovery software that is mainly used by many computer users to retrieve their files and folders from damaged NTFS drive on Windows PC. This tool not only retrieves files from damaged NTFS drive, but it also recovers lost FAT or NTFS partitions after partitioning the drive for multiple times. It has advanced scanning technology, which scans the entire hard disk block-by-block to recover all your lost, deleted, inaccessible files from the NTFS partition. Yodot Hard Drive Recovery also recovers data from other external drives, flash drives, thumb drives etc.

Steps for using Yodot Hard Drive Recovery:

  • Download and install Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software to your Windows system
  • Run the software to begin the recovery process and follow the on screen procedure
  • The software displays two options in the main screen.i.e., ”Partition Recovery” and “Formatted / Reformatted Recovery”
  • Since you need to recover data from damaged NTFS drive, select “Formatted / Reformatted Recovery” option
  • The application will scan and display all the physical or logical drives present in your system
  • Choose the drive from where your files is to be retrieved and press ”Next” option
  • Then you will get a display screen with different file types, you can make a selection of file types or simply click on “Skip” option to choose all types by default
  • After the scanning process is complete, the application will display all the recovered data from damaged NTFS drive
  • View the data in two types of view. i.e., Data View Or File Type View
  • Select the files that are recovered from damaged NTFS drive and save them to your desired destination location
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Useful Tips:

  • It’s good to have regular backup of NTFS hard drive
  • Always use an updated anti-virus to remove virus and malware from your PC
  • Don’t add any data to the drive from where you are trying to retrieve it

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