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How to resolve the "Master File Table Corrupted" problems?

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How to resolve the "Master File Table Corrupted" problems?

ferraritm
I have an ACER notebook with a 120GB Harddisk, system running on Windows XP SP2, and default partitions are:
1st partition): 4GB - PQSERVICE (for running eRecovery,
2nd partition): C Drive - 56GB - Windows XP system "FAT32" (Marked as Active),
3rd partition): D Drive - 60GB - "FAT32" (Logical Drive).

Recently, I upgraded my harddisk to a 160GB size, and the eRecovery (PQSERVICE) partition unable to clone over. I have another 2 external USB harddisk 120GB and 100 GB, and so I tried to create only 1 single partition, 160GB size as C: Drive with NTFS, and the others 2 external disk as Drive and E: Drive.

I still need to use the Recovery Disc to reinstall the Windows XP and also additional preloaded softwares and applications.

Now, the problem is that after the recovery completed, my C: Drive shows as 160GB of "FAT32". I know it will not work with certain Windows Updates. I convert the C: Drive from "FAT32 to NTFS", and it works.

Lately, I realized that the system frequent hangs, despite I have the Maximum of RAM 4GB.

I run NTFS4DOS to check the partition, and it stated that my C: Drive partition Master File Table Corrupted, Checkdisk CHKDSK aborted. While the others 2 external harddisk partition are ok. My C Drive partition is working, but requent hangs.

Anyone knows what is happening, and how can I fix this "C: Drive partition Master File Table Corrupted, Checkdisk CHKDSK aborted." problems?
Many Thanks.
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Jacky Howe
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create a Primary Partition with a size equal to 32768. Do not Format the drive. Reinstall the OS and use Disk Management to create an Extended Partition and the addd your Logical drives.

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OH Smeg
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Here you need to use the HDD Makers Testing Utility and since you didn't mention who made the HDD that you fitted you'll have to look yourself for this

http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

Ideally if the Drive fails the test you should remove it fit it to another computer and test again. If it passes now you have a Faulty M'Board, Data Lead or Power Supply with the original computer.

If it still fails you have a Faulty HDD that need to be replaced.

Of course if it passes you can then proceed to wipe the HDD with a Wiping Utility like Boot & Nuke

http://www.dban.org/

Then proceed with the reinstall of the OS.

Col

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ferraritm
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hello all,
problems resolved by using "testdisk".

pls visit "http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download" to download and more infos.

thanks.

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Mark Colan
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One of my data drives, NTFS SATA, suddenly became unreadable because of a corrupt Master File Table. chkdsk /f is unable to correct it.

Somewhere I saw that someone with this problem tried Active@ File Recovery and successfully recovered their files. The free tryout version showed the files that were still there (essentially all of them), but without paying $35 for a license, it recovers only up to 64k.

I decided to pay the $35 and have successfully recovered a few files (as an experiment). Now I am running it over the whole (500gb) disk and preparing to recover the lot. It is also finding files that were deleted, though I don't think I care about those.

In your case, you should buy a new hard drive and build a new system disk. Mount your corrupted drive as a secondary disk and run a file recovery utility. When the files are identified, copy them to the new system disk as makes sense. But: I recommend you reinstall everything you can the way you did before rather than counting on recovery.

I have no affiliation with the company that makes Active@ File Recovery, other than as a licensed user.