Data Recovery from NTFS Partition after MFT Corruption

I installed Windows 7 recently and since then NTFS partitions on my hard disk drive have gone "crazy". They tend to "freeze" and don’t open in explorer for some time and in few occasions all partitions of the drive won’t show up until reboot. Yesterday one of NTFS partition started showing a warning message like “disk structure is corrupted and unreadable”. Disk Management tool displayed the NTFS partition as RAW and CHKDSK showed me that the MFT is corrupt; I just want my important files from that NTFS partition back.

File system is very necessary for any hard disk drive to save, access and proper management of files. Master File Table (MFT) is the main file storage table associated with NTFS file system on Windows. The MFT table is a metadata section, which contains details of all files present on NTFS partition like its file name, creation date, contents, permission, etc. Hence MFT is vital file and any corruption or damage to MFT would result in NTFS partition inaccessibility and causes data loss. There are several reasons responsible for MFT table corruption, some of them are:

  • Windows operating system crash
  • NTFS file system corruption
  • Application malfunction
  • Severe virus / malware infection
  • Sudden power failure
  • MBR (Master Boot Record) corruption
  • Bad sectors on hard disk

Note: One thing you need to do after coming across MFT corruption and data loss problem is to immediately stop using your computer hard drive, as it avoids overwriting of lost data from NTFS partition.

How to recover data after MFT Corruption?

Whatever may be the reason behind your MFT table corruption and data loss from NTFS partition, you can still get back data using a efficient data recovery tool such as Yodot Hard Drive Recovery. Other than MFT corruption, this utility can be used to rescue and recover data from deleted, lost, formatted, reformatted and corrupted NTFS partition. It has got the ability to retrieve data from partitions/drives formatted with file systems such as FAT16, FAT32, NTFS5 and exFAT. It works effectively on all storage media to get back deleted or lost files on system that is working on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2003 and 2008 operating system. You try using the trial version of Yodot hard Drive Recovery tool to evaluate its performance before the actual purchase.

How to use the software?

  • Eject the affected hard drive and connect it to a healthy desktop or laptop
  • Download and install Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software
  • Open the software and stick to the main screen procedures
  • You will find 2 recovery options from the main screen, click on “Partition Recovery” option
  • The tool displays all logical and physical drives present on the system
  • Select your hard drive from where you want to recover data and press “Next”
  • The software scans again and displays all the logical partitions present from the selected hard drive, choose the NTFS drive from where data is to be recovered and click on “Next”
  • Allow the software to complete the scan. The application displays all the recovered files in two distinct view types; “Data Type” and “File Type” after scanning the selected drive
  • Switch between the two view type, to search and select the files which are to be recovered
  • Preview the files and save the recovered files to your desired location (Not to the same hard drive)

Suggestions:

  • Don’t try to use any third party repair utility to fix corrupt MFT
  • Defragment your computer hard drive on regular basis
  • Don’t neglect hard disk warning signs or unusual behavior and immediately take backup of hard drive data

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