Can I Recover Data from Corrupt Master File Table Drive

MFT corruption As we know, NTFS (New Technology File System) is the modern file system Windows likes to use. However, sometimes, we cannot access NTFS drive data because of corrupt master file table. Therefore, more and more NTFS users are eager to know whether they can recover data from corrupt master file table drive. Here, if you get corrupt master file table, don't worry. This post will offer you an effective and easy solution to recover data from NTFS partition after MFT corruption and provides some related information like how to repair a corrupt master file table. (NO Follow)

Solved - Windows Cannot Recover Master File Table Drive

A true example is shown below:

When I boot my computer up I have a message saying
"Checking file system on G:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is New Volume.
One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency. You may cancel the disk check, but it is strongly recommended that you continue.
Windows will now check the disk.
Corrupt master file table. Windows will attempt to recover master file table from disk.
Windows cannot recover master file table. CHKDSK aborted."
Could someone please help to resolve this and help to recover the data on it as I have data on the drive that is very important to me?
Thanks in advance!
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When you get corrupt master file table, CHKDSK aborted or Windows cannot recover master file table error, please don't feel panic. NOW, MiniTool Power Data Recovery, a piece of simple and professional software developed by MiniTool Solution Ltd., can help you solve this problem effectively for it can easily recover data from corrupted hard drive or RAW drive. To be honest, as long as file loss is not caused by hardware failure or lost files are not overwritten by new data, you can try this tool to rescue lost data.
Download the free edition to have a try. I bet it will surprise all of you. (Note: you had better not install this tool to the partition where data loss emerges.)

After downloading and installing MiniTool Power Data Recovery, let's discuss how to use it to quickly and safely recover data from drive which reports "Corrupt master file table. Windows will attempt to recover master file table from disk. CHKDSK aborted."

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Step-by-step Guide to Recover Data from Corrupt Master File Table Drive

Note: Here, we take Windows 7 for example.

Warning: Once you are aware of data loss, please STOP WRITING ANY DATA TO COMPUTER. Otherwise, the original data could be overwritten, and there is no way to recover them.

Step 1: Launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery.

Note: some users who run 64bit Windows operating system may fail to launch Power Data Recovery and receive a message that saying "CreateProcess failed; code14001". In this situation, they can read this post "MiniTool Power Data Recovery Error Code and Solution" to find a suitable solution to solve this error easily.

Step 2: Select an appropriate functional module to recover data from NTFS partition after MFT corruption. Here, it is recommended to tap Damaged Partition Recovery, for this module is specially designed to recover data from existing partitions, such as logically damaged partition, reformatted partition, drive displayed as raw, and more.

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Step 3: All partitions or disks are listed in this window, and you are supposed to select the target one which prompts "Corrupt master file table. CHKDSK aborted", and then tap Full Scan button at the lower right corner to begin full scanning it.

In this window, you can see there is an option named as the "Previous Recovery Result of 'Damaged Partition Recovery'" and this graphic option displays in the list below. In general, once you have performed a scan with the "Undelete Recovery", "Lost Partition Recovery", "Damaged Partition Recovery" and "Digital Media Recovery", and then the Power Data Recovery will automatically save the searching results. After that, if you rerun the recovery module, the "Previous Recovery Result of" graphic option will appear in the list below. At this time, you can choose this option and then tap "Load Result" to load previously saved scanning results, which can help to save a lot of time. Here, you can read our previous post "Export and load scan result" to know more details about this excellent feature. HOWERVER, MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition does not support loading previous results (as shown below).

load result

To get this support, you should purchase personal license or more advanced licenses. Right here, you can click the button below to buy personal edition and enjoy great discount.

Step 4: Select all needed files, and then appoint a location to save desired files by pressing Save button which is located at the lower right corner.

  • If you don't know whether a file like photo should be recovered, you can preview it before saving by pressing Preview feature, as shown below.


  • If you are looking for files with a specific name, you can turn to Find feature to find desired files directly. However, what if the name of found files has been changed? (According to a survey, almost all found files have been renamed automatically, and for this reason you are unable to find desired files by using this feature.) In this situation, you can turn to the Filter feature to filter out needless data by file size, creating and modifying date, and so on. For instance, if you only want to recover pictures from corrupt master file table drive, you can choose *.jpg,*.gif,*.png,*.psd,*.tif (image below).

    advanced filter

Here, you can watch the following video to know more details about Power Data Recovery and its excellent features.
I used this tool to easily recover data from corrupt master file table drive.


See! As long as you turn to MiniTool Power Data Recovery, you can easily and quickly recover data from corrupt master file table drive without bringing any damage to the original data, for this read-only tool can ensure absolute data security. Besides, no matter which operating system you use, you can try this tool since it supports various operating systems including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 (R2), Windows Server 2012. What's more, in addition to MFT corruption data recovery, this all-in-one data recovery software can also recover data from other partitions like FAT partition, Ext2 partition, and so on.

"I used MiniTool Power Data Recovery to recover data from NTFS partition after MFT corruption, and I hope you can try it to get lost back before you repair the corrupt master file table…"

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Now, after recovering data from corrupt master file table drive, let's see how to solve the corrupt master file table CHKDSK aborted error. Can we use this drive again?

How to Fix Corrupt Master File Table, CHKDSK Aborted

MiniTool Power Data Recovery can easily carry out corrupt master file table drive data recovery. However, what is master file table and what does it contain are still unclear to some users. Right here, before solving the corrupt master file table CHKDSK aborted error, we are going to show you some basic information about MFT.

What Is Master File Table

NTFS is a new file system adopted by Windows NT and it has many new features. In NTFS, all data stored in volumes are contained in the file named $MFT (Master File Table). And $MFT consists of File Record array. The size of File Record is fixed, usually 1KB. File Record in $MFT file is physically continuous and identified from number 0. And in NTFS File System, all things in disk are shown in the form of files. Even Metadata are stored in the form of a set of files.

Master File Table (MFT) is the index of every file in the volume. It records "attributes" of every file and every attribute contains different types of information. Therefore, enough space must be left for MFT. In NTFS, MFT plays an important role and it has great influence on volumes. A specific location is obligated nearby MFT to reduce fragments in MFT. It takes up 12.5% of volume in default state. Although this location can furthest reduce fragments, it is not always suitable.
Want to know more details, you can read this post: Master File Table.

Here, a picture shows a simplified illustration of the MFT structure:


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Overview of Corrupt Master File Table

From the above simple introduction, we may safely draw the conclusion that the master file table (MFT) plays a big part in NTFS volume. Any corruption or damage to MFT would result in NTFS partition inaccessibility and cause data loss. But, MFT corruption is inevitable, and there are several reasons responsible for this issue, some of them are: Windows operating system crash;
Application malfunction;
Severe virus / malware infection;
Sudden power failure;
Bad sectors on hard disk.

Below is my personal experience:

I have stored massive important data on my NTFS external hard drive. However, last week I got the error "Corrupt master file table. Windows will attempt to recover master file table from disk. Windows cannot recover master file table. CHKDSK aborted." Then, if I tried to access its data, it reported: "I:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable."(picture below)

The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable

In this situation, I turned to the Damaged Partition Recovery of MiniTool Power Data Recovery to get lost data back. BUT, I don't know how to move out this error? Can I fix the corrupt master file table and reuse the external hard drive again?

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It is believed that many computer users have encoutered the "file or directory is corrupted and unreadable" erorr. Now, this post - How to Fix "The File or Directory is Corrupted and Unreadable" Error – will tell you how to deal with this issue and minimize the loss.

How Do We Repair a Corrupt Master File Table

Here, we offer two solutions to solve this problem.
ONE: check and repair errors
Run command prompt as administrator. Then, type chkdsk /f [drive letter], and press Enter. (For example, in my case, I type chkdsk /f I:.) Finally, type exit and press Enter again to exit it.

chkdsk f i

Although diskaprt commands can help to check and repair error, it won't work in some cases. And, users who are unfamiliar with these commands are easy to make mistakes, thus suffering data loss or partition damage. Are there any other solutions to solve this issue?

Want to know the best way?

TWO: format the corrupt drive
If you are facing the "master file table corrupted" problem, you can try formatting this drive to reuse it again.

Warning: You had better recover data from corrupt master file table drive before formatting, for formatting will erase all original data.

Windows built-in disk management as well as third-party software like MiniTool Partition Wizard can help to format drive. The only difference is that the latter one offers more flexible features. And now, we take this professional yet free partitioning freeware for example.

In the main interface of MiniTool Partition Wizard, select the corrupt master file table drive, and choose Format Partition or Format feature. After that, specify partition label, file system, and cluster size, and then click OK button to go back the main interface of this software (image below).


Finally, click Apply to execute all changes.

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Bottom Line

Get corrupt master file table, Windows cannot recover master file table or CHKDSK aborted error? Don't worry. MiniTool Power Data Recovery, a professional and simple tool, can help to effectively recover data from corrupt master file table drive without bringing any damage to the original data. After that, you can try formatting this corrupt NTFS drive to use it again.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave it in the following comment zone or send emails to Any ideas would be much appreciated!

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