No, not exactly.
MFT = Master File Table
Its the area, where NTFS stores all the infos aboubt the files. Something like ext3s Journal (?).
The prob is, when you overwrite the MFT by using all the space of the HDD, Windows cannot find the files and does not know all infos anymore. So, there is no more access on the drive and out of that, its possible, that you cannot recover all files.
The Journal sounds a little bit like the MFT.
I would like to know, if there is a possibility under Linux, to avoid these problems or if Linux has its own kinds of probs etc.
Are you sure, that you can't destroy the journal and loose all the data?
Whats the advantages of rieserfs?