Yesterday, I just came across a strange problem on an external HDD : it is a 200 GB 3"1/2 Maxtor HDD, located in an IDE/USB2 enclosure. There were 2 primary NTFS partition, P: and Q:. I was using Q: to store freshly recorded content from DVB-T and Cable TV. I have a XP Home system.
I was burning, as I do quite often, some MPEG2 files on a DVD, when suddenly, during the verify phase, lots of errors appeared and the verification failed. I then tried to access Q: when I realize P: and Q: were somehow not reachable any longer, hence the verification error.
Chkdsk returned a strange message saying the MFT was missing on both partitions. Looking further with tools such as testdisk (opensource), I came to the conclusion that both the MFT and the MFT mirror are gone. I also ran a HDD surface verification tool for the first sectors, and the surface seems OK, so it doesn't seem like a H/W problem.
I have tried to delete then undelete the partition with Terabyteunlimited's BootItNG (it has helped me in the past for more or less similar situations), to no avail, chkdsk still refused to do anything.
I have tried the demo version of File Scavenger which, after quite some time, managed to find files on the damaged partitions, but for Q:, their names are lost, which complexifies the recovery process.
I have two questions :
1/ which software would you recommend to recover data from this HDD considering its current state
2/ does anyone has a clue as to what could have happened for having MFT+MFT mirrors both damaged on 2 partitions from a same drive.
I know there is a thread on this forum talking about file recovery, http://www.donationc...dex.php?topic=5242.0
, but since its already more than 3 months old, there may be new solutions.