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Questions tagged [mft]

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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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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