MFT (Master File Table) is a critical system file that represents every single file saved in the NTFS (New Technology File System) volume. This file acts as a core management feature and a starting point of NTFS based hard drive partition. Corruption in MFT can occur due to various reasons like improper system shutdown, fatal virus attack, and operating system malfunction. In case of MFT file corruption, a Windows user encounters an error message, which appears at the time of Windows booting. The error message makes the data saved in the NTFS volume inaccessible. To overcome such situations, NTFS reads the MFT mirror record. However, if the MFT mirror record is unavailable or corrupt, then the user can access his/her data only by using an effective third-party Data Recovery Software.
Consider a practical case, where you attempt to boot your Windows based system and encounter the below error message:
After the above error message pops up, the boot process of your system halts. All the files and folders saved in the hard drive becomes inaccessible post the occurrence of the above error message.
The root cause for the occurrence of the above error message is corruption in MFT file.
Few easy ways to resolve the above error message are:
Run CHKDSK /F command against the NTFS volume that is corrupted.
Perform a clean reinstall of Windows operating system. Reinstallation should be done in case, the CHKDSK command fails to examine the file record segment, and displays another error. Windows operating system reinstallation allows you to install a new file system and create a new MFT file. However, after Windows re-installation, all the previously saved data in the hard drive becomes inaccessible. To access that data, you need to opt for a commercial Data Recovery solution. Such data recovery tools perform comprehensive scan of a formatted Windows based hard drive and recoup almost all lost data.
Windows Data Recovery Software recovers all lost, missing, and formatted data from FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, VFAT, NTFS and NTFS5 file systems volumes. The software comes with an easy to understand, and operate user-interface. It supports recovery of data from Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, and 2000 operating systems.