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MFT Corruption Prevents to Delete and Access Data

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You can easily remove files from a Windows hard drive partition to free up disk space and use it for storing other files. You can do it by simply removing the file using Shift + Delete key combination or by emptying the Recycle Bin folder. However, if the partition is corrupted or its file system is faulty, you can not delete a file. Corruption also renders entire hard drive partitions inaccessible and unusable, causing serious partition loss problems. At this point of time, Windows partition recovery becomes essential to retrieve lost hard drive partitions and stored data.

When you attempt to remove a file from NTFS file system partition, you may come across the below error message:

“Cannot delete file name: The file or directory is corrupt and unreadable.”

At the same time, you may see any of the below entries in the Application Event Log of Microsoft Windows operating system:

“Event ID: 41
Source: Diskperf
Description: The file system structure on disk is corrupt and unreadable. Please run the chkdsk utility on the device with label <Volume_name>”


“Event ID: 55
Source: NTFS
Description: The file system structure on disk is corrupt and unusable. Please run the chkdsk utility on the volume <Drive_letter:>”

When you apply Chkdsk utility against affected Windows partition, it may or may not fix the problem. The data remains inaccessible after this behavior and you need figure out the cause of this problem and recover partition by fixing it.

Grounds of the problem:

The above problem is caused if MFT (Master File Table) is damaged. The long and short file name pairs, which are stored in directory index and file names, which are stored in associated FRS (File Record Segment) has case-sensitive letters that don't match.


After MFT corruption, Windows operating system can not read the partition entries and thus can not access them. To fix this problem, you need to format the hard drive and recreate hard drive partitions. However, it removes all hard drive partitions and partition recovery is the only way to fix this problem.

Recovery is best possible using third-party partition recovery software. They use high-end scanning techniques to recover lost hard drive partitions and stored data. The applications have interactive user interface and read-only conduct to offer easy and safe recovery.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery software recovers lost, deleted, corruption, and inaccessible Windows hard drive partitions. The software works well with Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, 2003, XP, and 2000. It supports recovery of all NTFS5, NTFS, FAT32, VFAT, FAT16, and FAT12 file system partitions.

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