C:\$mft

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  1. psujeeperman02

    psujeeperman02 "Hi Sal"

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    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica]On a critical WIN 2000 machine, I keep getting an error message popping up
    saying "C:\$mft is corrupt and unreadable. Please run chkdsk."

    I have ran chkdsk and it does not fix the problem. What can i do to fix this
    annoying, yet critical problem?
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  2. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    You reformat your drive.

    $MFT is your drive's file allocation table. Without it, your computer can't tell what files are on your hard drive, or where they are physically located. Your drive is just a big massive pile of ones and zeroes.

    Certain disk checkers, such as chkdsk copied to a bootable floppy disk, or Norton Disk Doctor could potentially save the contents of $MFT. Or they could destroy it in the process. But since you can't access any of your files without $MFT anyway, it's not like you'd lose much that you haven't already lost, besides hope.

    If you can't get chkdsk or Norton Disk Doctor to run properly on the computer with the bad hard drive, try pulling the bad hard drive out, connecting it to a computer that works right, and running a disk check on it that way.
     
  3. psujeeperman02

    psujeeperman02 "Hi Sal"

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    Thanks. I will try that asap and get back to you.
     

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