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pierre2 09-02-2012 07:05 AM

Recovery of NTFS Data
Was looking some old threads like:-

I've got most of this s/w- testdisk, photorec etc . . .

but - a issue that I've encountered twice - recently,

"it won't work" says the owner . .

turn it on - sit's on the M$ start screen (W6, & W7)

boot a 'nix disk - use Gparted - there is the usual yellow warning
on C: drive - so the 'nix disk can't / won't read it . .
( file table error) ( use checkdsk /f )

but I can't do that - there is no checkdsk - that I've found
- using a cli search of executables - on the stuffed drive.

Gparted won't check / fix it either. .

without a working file table
- I can't use 'nix to recover their data or - the O/S itself . .

most of the commerical s/w that is used to recover, in this situation,
only runs under a working M$ enviroment - so the dead hdd - has to be slaved to this working M$ O/S & the recovery s/w installed

What I'd really like - is to use a recovery based cd - like bartsPE
- which I also have - but none of them are really that good in this < bad table> situation
obviously it can be done - commercial firm do this,

so - how do I get that NTFS data - back - with a stuffed file table ??.

jefro 09-02-2012 04:35 PM

Might be possible for ranish to fix that. Get ultimate boot cd and test.

I'd try to clone it if the data is real important. If the drive can work and just some issue with the format then use dd command off to some file.

Barts has unstoppable copier that might work.

TobiSGD 09-02-2012 05:49 PM

You should be able to run chkdsk using a Windows Vista/7 install DVD.

pierre2 09-03-2012 07:57 AM


You should be able to run chkdsk using a Windows Vista/7 install DVD.
a dir cmd from a cli, within a W6/7 install disk, doesn't list chkdsk - I think,
- the rescue disk certainly doesn't have it.


Barts has unstoppable copier that might work.
what's that s/w called ?.
But that means copying to another hdd, I would think.

TobiSGD 09-03-2012 08:45 AM

dir only lists the content of the current directory. Have you actually tried to launch chkdsk?

pierre2 09-04-2012 08:17 AM

YEP - the error is 'file not found'

anyway - I'm currently working thru a pile of commercial s/w,
to see which ones are any good . . . . ..

ReaperX7 09-06-2012 12:04 AM

Can you boot into Windows in any way shape form or fashion? If so, go to and grab Recuva, install, and run it. Hiren's Boot Disk might carry a copy of it, or should, by now anyways.

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