Hard disk drive mft problem.

Posted on 2013-10-29
Last Modified: 2016-10-27

I have a server with windows 2012 on a 1 tb sata drive as its primary.
I have a raid card installed with 4 3 tb drives, it is spanned with a total of 12 tb. What happened is now I get mft problems on that 12 tb spanned drive. I tried the windows chkdsk, no luck. I tried acronis to maybe make an image of it and try to recover the data, the image shows almost 400gb in size but when i open it s empty. I would like the data, it is not critical but I would like to recover it though.
I am currently running testdisk and running an analyse but its taking a while.
In windows explorer, I click on the drive letter it states, D:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.  
When I go to disk management it shows as a healthy partition.  
When I run chkdsk d: /f, i receive this message,  The type of the file system is NTFS. Corrupt master file table. Windows will attempt to recover master file table from disk. Windows cannot recover master file table. CHKDSK aborted.

Any other ideas, i could try.

Thank sin advance
Question by:rha_mtl
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kadafitcd earned 250 total points
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You are probably going to find out that your only option is to use a data recovery software to recover any data possible.  It can be extremely time consuming and it's hit or miss.  I have had good luck with GetDataBack you can check it out and see if it works for you.

Also, check into online backup or an external backup solution.  Things like this happen fairly often with Hard Drives so if it's important stuff it's worth it to back it up.
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noxcho earned 250 total points
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MFT problem is one of the so called "dead dog" problems with file system. Means that chances to recover the file structure into the solid state are almost zero. And stop using CHKDSK on this drive. You can do the things worse. GetDataBack or PCinspector software for data recovery are the correct tools you should use.
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it is spanned

Spanned,as in RAID 0?
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Sorry forgot to link GetDataBack.

pgm554 I assume he's using a Spanned Volume not a RAID 0 Striped Volume.  Which means his data is probably still in tact.  RAID 0 Striped he may not have any data to recover at all if a disk failed.
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Two edged sword as spanned volumes have the same vulnerability as RAID 0.
Back in my Netware days spanned was pretty much RAID 0 with multiple disks.
You lose a disk,you lose the volume.

As to why they would span when you have ReFS in server 2012 doesn't make much sense,unless that is what they were using.
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I agree.  Spanning doesn't make sense at all these days. RAID 0 is faster and both have zero fault tolerance...
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Just for giggles and spit,what model disks and what model RAID  controller?

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