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Unread 26-06-2008, 08:41 AM   #1
Paul Hand
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Reconstruct MBR & MFT

My system is XP Pro. I have a 500 GB Seagate SATA drive originally
formatted in NTFS. This drive is for data storage, the operating system is
on another drive. I have used a data recovery program to examine the
contents of the drive, and it looks like all or almost all of the files are
intact. I recovered a 17 GB file successfuly by copying it to another
drive.

Given that the data files may be completely intact, is there a repair
software that can recreate the Master Boot Record and the Master File Table
in such a way that I can use the files where they are rather than having to
copy them to another drive? I don't have enough free storage capacity to
copy approximately 400 GB worth of files from the 500 GB drive.




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Unread 26-06-2008, 08:41 AM   #2
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Re: Reconstruct MBR & MFT

In article <485c979f$0$7021$9a6e19ea@unlimited.newshosting.co m>, Paul Hand <hand_pw@msn.com>
says...
> My system is XP Pro. I have a 500 GB Seagate SATA drive originally
> formatted in NTFS. This drive is for data storage, the operating system is
> on another drive. I have used a data recovery program to examine the
> contents of the drive, and it looks like all or almost all of the files are
> intact. I recovered a 17 GB file successfuly by copying it to another
> drive.
>
> Given that the data files may be completely intact, is there a repair
> software that can recreate the Master Boot Record and the Master File Table
> in such a way that I can use the files where they are rather than having to
> copy them to another drive? I don't have enough free storage capacity to
> copy approximately 400 GB worth of files from the 500 GB drive.


What is wrong with the drive? Why don't you copy all the files to
ahother drive?

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Unread 26-06-2008, 08:42 AM   #3
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Re: Reconstruct MBR & MFT


"Jawade" <Henk_Jawade*************> wrote in message
news:MPG.22c6b76a41a8189f989950@txtnews.caiway.nl. ..
> In article <485c979f$0$7021$9a6e19ea@unlimited.newshosting.co m>, Paul Hand
> <hand_pw@msn.com>
> says...
>> My system is XP Pro. I have a 500 GB Seagate SATA drive originally
>> formatted in NTFS. This drive is for data storage, the operating system
>> is
>> on another drive. I have used a data recovery program to examine the
>> contents of the drive, and it looks like all or almost all of the files
>> are
>> intact. I recovered a 17 GB file successfuly by copying it to another
>> drive.
>>
>> Given that the data files may be completely intact, is there a repair
>> software that can recreate the Master Boot Record and the Master File
>> Table
>> in such a way that I can use the files where they are rather than having
>> to
>> copy them to another drive? I don't have enough free storage capacity to
>> copy approximately 400 GB worth of files from the 500 GB drive.

>
> What is wrong with the drive? Why don't you copy all the files to
> ahother drive?
>
> --


What is wrong with the drive is that the MBR and MFT are missing or
unusable. I cannot use Windows to access the drive and cannot use the files
in the normal way. I don't copy the files to another drive because I don't
have enough free space on other drives.


 
Unread 26-06-2008, 08:42 AM   #4
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Re: Reconstruct MBR & MFT


"Paul Hand" <hand_pw@msn.com> wrote in message
news:485c979f$0$7021$9a6e19ea@unlimited.newshostin g.com...
> My system is XP Pro. I have a 500 GB Seagate SATA drive originally
> formatted in NTFS. This drive is for data storage, the operating system
> is on another drive. I have used a data recovery program to examine the
> contents of the drive, and it looks like all or almost all of the files
> are intact. I recovered a 17 GB file successfuly by copying it to another
> drive.
>
> Given that the data files may be completely intact, is there a repair
> software that can recreate the Master Boot Record and the Master File
> Table in such a way that I can use the files where they are rather than
> having to copy them to another drive? I don't have enough free storage
> capacity to copy approximately 400 GB worth of files from the 500 GB
> drive.
>
>


A simple Google search with "fix mbr" gives a lot of responses. For ex.:

http://www.ambience.sk/fdisk-master-...ilo-fixmbr.php


 
Unread 26-06-2008, 08:42 AM   #5
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Re: Reconstruct MBR & MFT

"ElJerid" <stany.vdh.nospam@telenet.be> wrote in message
news:1l17k.115401$9x.31144@newsfe05.ams2...
>
> "Paul Hand" <hand_pw@msn.com> wrote in message
> news:485c979f$0$7021$9a6e19ea@unlimited.newshostin g.com...
>> My system is XP Pro. I have a 500 GB Seagate SATA drive originally
>> formatted in NTFS. This drive is for data storage, the operating system
>> is on another drive. I have used a data recovery program to examine the
>> contents of the drive, and it looks like all or almost all of the files
>> are intact. I recovered a 17 GB file successfuly by copying it to
>> another drive.
>>
>> Given that the data files may be completely intact, is there a repair
>> software that can recreate the Master Boot Record and the Master File
>> Table in such a way that I can use the files where they are rather than
>> having to copy them to another drive? I don't have enough free storage
>> capacity to copy approximately 400 GB worth of files from the 500 GB
>> drive.
>>
>>

>
> A simple Google search with "fix mbr" gives a lot of responses. For ex.:
>
> http://www.ambience.sk/fdisk-master-...ilo-fixmbr.php


I did the same search and had quite a few hits. It's looking like fixing
the MBR may not be the problem so much as fixing the MFT. I'm hoping to
find someone in this newsgroup who has actually sucessfully used a software
to reconstruct the MFT that will leave the files where they are. I'm
afraid that if I use a software that doesn't work, I'll just ending up
losing the files forever.



 
Unread 26-06-2008, 08:42 AM   #6
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Re: Reconstruct MBR & MFT

In article <485ca767$0$603$9a6e19ea@unlimited.newshosting.com >, Paul Hand <hand_pw@msn.com> says...
> "ElJerid" <stany.vdh.nospam@telenet.be> wrote in message
> news:1l17k.115401$9x.31144@newsfe05.ams2...
> >
> > "Paul Hand" <hand_pw@msn.com> wrote in message
> > news:485c979f$0$7021$9a6e19ea@unlimited.newshostin g.com...
> >> My system is XP Pro. I have a 500 GB Seagate SATA drive originally
> >> formatted in NTFS. This drive is for data storage, the operating system
> >> is on another drive. I have used a data recovery program to examine the
> >> contents of the drive, and it looks like all or almost all of the files
> >> are intact. I recovered a 17 GB file successfuly by copying it to
> >> another drive.
> >>
> >> Given that the data files may be completely intact, is there a repair
> >> software that can recreate the Master Boot Record and the Master File
> >> Table in such a way that I can use the files where they are rather than
> >> having to copy them to another drive? I don't have enough free storage
> >> capacity to copy approximately 400 GB worth of files from the 500 GB
> >> drive.
> >>
> >>

> >
> > A simple Google search with "fix mbr" gives a lot of responses. For ex.:
> >
> > http://www.ambience.sk/fdisk-master-...ilo-fixmbr.php

>
> I did the same search and had quite a few hits. It's looking like fixing
> the MBR may not be the problem so much as fixing the MFT. I'm hoping to
> find someone in this newsgroup who has actually sucessfully used a software
> to reconstruct the MFT that will leave the files where they are. I'm
> afraid that if I use a software that doesn't work, I'll just ending up
> losing the files forever.


I'm afraid there is not enaugh info for reconstruct the MFT.

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Unread 26-06-2008, 08:43 AM   #7
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Re: Reconstruct MBR & MFT


"Paul Hand" <hand_pw@msn.com> wrote in message
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> "ElJerid" <stany.vdh.nospam@telenet.be> wrote in message
> news:1l17k.115401$9x.31144@newsfe05.ams2...
>>
>> "Paul Hand" <hand_pw@msn.com> wrote in message
>> news:485c979f$0$7021$9a6e19ea@unlimited.newshostin g.com...
>>> My system is XP Pro. I have a 500 GB Seagate SATA drive originally
>>> formatted in NTFS. This drive is for data storage, the operating system
>>> is on another drive. I have used a data recovery program to examine the
>>> contents of the drive, and it looks like all or almost all of the files
>>> are intact. I recovered a 17 GB file successfuly by copying it to
>>> another drive.
>>>
>>> Given that the data files may be completely intact, is there a repair
>>> software that can recreate the Master Boot Record and the Master File
>>> Table in such a way that I can use the files where they are rather than
>>> having to copy them to another drive? I don't have enough free storage
>>> capacity to copy approximately 400 GB worth of files from the 500 GB
>>> drive.
>>>
>>>

>>
>> A simple Google search with "fix mbr" gives a lot of responses. For ex.:
>>
>> http://www.ambience.sk/fdisk-master-...ilo-fixmbr.php

>
> I did the same search and had quite a few hits. It's looking like fixing
> the MBR may not be the problem so much as fixing the MFT. I'm hoping to
> find someone in this newsgroup who has actually sucessfully used a
> software to reconstruct the MFT that will leave the files where they are.
> I'm afraid that if I use a software that doesn't work, I'll just ending up
> losing the files forever.
>
>

Maybe this could help?
http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic24422.html


 
Unread 26-06-2008, 08:43 AM   #8
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Re: Reconstruct MBR & MFT

Paul Hand wrote:
> "ElJerid" <stany.vdh.nospam@telenet.be> wrote in message
> news:1l17k.115401$9x.31144@newsfe05.ams2...
>> "Paul Hand" <hand_pw@msn.com> wrote in message
>> news:485c979f$0$7021$9a6e19ea@unlimited.newshostin g.com...
>>> My system is XP Pro. I have a 500 GB Seagate SATA drive originally
>>> formatted in NTFS. This drive is for data storage, the operating system
>>> is on another drive. I have used a data recovery program to examine the
>>> contents of the drive, and it looks like all or almost all of the files
>>> are intact. I recovered a 17 GB file successfuly by copying it to
>>> another drive.
>>>
>>> Given that the data files may be completely intact, is there a repair
>>> software that can recreate the Master Boot Record and the Master File
>>> Table in such a way that I can use the files where they are rather than
>>> having to copy them to another drive? I don't have enough free storage
>>> capacity to copy approximately 400 GB worth of files from the 500 GB
>>> drive.
>>>
>>>

>> A simple Google search with "fix mbr" gives a lot of responses. For ex.:
>>
>> http://www.ambience.sk/fdisk-master-...ilo-fixmbr.php

>
> I did the same search and had quite a few hits. It's looking like fixing
> the MBR may not be the problem so much as fixing the MFT. I'm hoping to
> find someone in this newsgroup who has actually sucessfully used a software
> to reconstruct the MFT that will leave the files where they are. I'm
> afraid that if I use a software that doesn't work, I'll just ending up
> losing the files forever.
>
>
>

You should try Spinrite from GRC.COM
 
Unread 26-06-2008, 08:43 AM   #9
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Re: Reconstruct MBR & MFT

Paul Hand wrote:

> "ElJerid" <stany.vdh.nospam@telenet.be> wrote in message
> news:1l17k.115401$9x.31144@newsfe05.ams2...
>>
>> "Paul Hand" <hand_pw@msn.com> wrote in message
>> news:485c979f$0$7021$9a6e19ea@unlimited.newshostin g.com...
>>> My system is XP Pro. I have a 500 GB Seagate SATA drive originally
>>> formatted in NTFS. This drive is for data storage, the operating system
>>> is on another drive. I have used a data recovery program to examine the
>>> contents of the drive, and it looks like all or almost all of the files
>>> are intact. I recovered a 17 GB file successfuly by copying it to
>>> another drive.
>>>
>>> Given that the data files may be completely intact, is there a repair
>>> software that can recreate the Master Boot Record and the Master File
>>> Table in such a way that I can use the files where they are rather than
>>> having to copy them to another drive? I don't have enough free storage
>>> capacity to copy approximately 400 GB worth of files from the 500 GB
>>> drive.
>>>
>>>

>>
>> A simple Google search with "fix mbr" gives a lot of responses. For ex.:
>>
>>

http://www.ambience.sk/fdisk-master-...ilo-fixmbr.php
>
> I did the same search and had quite a few hits. It's looking like fixing
> the MBR may not be the problem so much as fixing the MFT. I'm hoping to
> find someone in this newsgroup who has actually sucessfully used a
> software
> to reconstruct the MFT that will leave the files where they are. I'm
> afraid that if I use a software that doesn't work, I'll just ending up
> losing the files forever.


That's exactly what I suspect will happen. It is time to address the
need for data backup: copy those 400gB to another device and then try
repairing your HD. Buy a second 500gB drive - preferably configured
for external connection. It's an investment in data security and
peace of mind that is overdue. If this costs too much or takes too
long, then your data is not worth saving.
 
Unread 26-06-2008, 08:44 AM   #10
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Re: Reconstruct MBR & MFT

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"Paul Hand" <hand_pw@msn.com> wrote in message
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> My system is XP Pro. I have a 500 GB Seagate SATA drive originally
> formatted in NTFS. This drive is for data storage, the operating system

is
> on another drive. I have used a data recovery program to examine the
> contents of the drive, and it looks like all or almost all of the files

are
> intact. I recovered a 17 GB file successfuly by copying it to another
> drive.
>
> Given that the data files may be completely intact, is there a repair
> software that can recreate the Master Boot Record and the Master File

Table
> in such a way that I can use the files where they are rather than having

to
> copy them to another drive? I don't have enough free storage capacity to
> copy approximately 400 GB worth of files from the 500 GB drive.
>
>
>


The loss of the mbr would not make the drive unreadable.
If you attempt any repair of the file system you could possibly end up
losing your data.
I'd just get another drive, then use your data recovery utility to copy the
data there



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