Master Boot Record and Master File Table corruption on external drive with critical data, anyway to rebuild without compromising data?
Posted on 2007-10-09
The only way I can properly begin this question is by first stating how devastated I will be if I lose ten years worth of photos, music, videos etc. Ironically I was in the process of creating a copy of all the data on to another external drive, in order to have two copies in case of failure. I let it run and came back into the room to find an error message that now I cannot recall, and suddenly Windows gave me the "unable to access drive" error. It is still being recognized by windows as "local disk D" but it will not let me into the drive. Chkdsk will not run on the drive and i'm afraid of doing anything for fear of ruining the data. I know it is still in there, it has to be because the disk is fully functional. What can I do in this situation to perhaps "rebuild" the MFT and MBR sector by sector or who knows what so that I can see the structure of the drive once again. Thank you in advance for any help!!!
-By the way i am running Windows XP sp2.