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Bad to worse - Overwrote $MFT with $MFTMirr

Posted: 03 Jul 2013, 12:09
by veganaize
My NTFS filesystem was mountable / viewable in Linux, but Windows CHKDSK /F and various Linux utilities could not repair two clusters that accounting failed on. Windows XP would not boot - halted (safemode startup) at giveio.sys and gave me BSOD. I scanned for bad sectors and checked S.M.A.R.T. - both passed.

Out of desperation I had TestDisk (version 6.12) repair $MFT with $MFTMirr. They were reported as "seems correct, but different". Now only a few of my files and directories show up when I list with TestDisk.

My question is: How can I restore the the MFT so that all of my files show again.