We help IT Professionals succeed at work.
Get Started

MFT and data recovery

dmcalert asked
Last Modified: 2013-12-01
I have a hard drive I was asked to copy some data on to a dvd. I had to remove the hard drive from the computer as it was constantly hanging up and rebooting. I placed it in an external drive on one of my units and found it was seriously infected with several backdoor trojans and the sasser virus. (re:the rebooting problem). I went ahead and tried to copy the data using Nero, but during the process Windows (XP) gave me a warning that it could not write to and save the $MFT. The drive no longer shows up in "MY Computer" and in Disk Management it appears as a  uninitialized drive. I have done nothing further to the drive. Does anyone know of a progam that will allow me to recover this data.

Operating system is xp pro and file system on the drive I assume was NTSF but could be Fat32 as I didn't check.

Watch Question
Most Valuable Expert 2015
This problem has been solved!
Unlock 1 Answer and 4 Comments.
See Answer
Why Experts Exchange?

Experts Exchange always has the answer, or at the least points me in the correct direction! It is like having another employee that is extremely experienced.

Jim Murphy
Programmer at Smart IT Solutions

When asked, what has been your best career decision?

Deciding to stick with EE.

Mohamed Asif
Technical Department Head

Being involved with EE helped me to grow personally and professionally.

Carl Webster
CTP, Sr Infrastructure Consultant
Ask ANY Question

Connect with Certified Experts to gain insight and support on specific technology challenges including:

  • Troubleshooting
  • Research
  • Professional Opinions
Did You Know?

We've partnered with two important charities to provide clean water and computer science education to those who need it most. READ MORE