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    Plutonium Lounger
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    Looking For NTFS Utilities

    I thought I would solicit input from Loungers about utility software specifically capable of reading, writing to and copying files on an NTFS partition. In a recent thread in XP we touched briefly on this topic. Quite some time ago, I stumbled on READNTFS.EXE at this site, and later Joe Perez suggested this site as a place to go looking at NTFS capable software. I'm thinking of situations where a user who has one or more NTFS partitions and "something goes wrong" (other than a physical drive failure) and the partition(s) can't be accessed as normal with XP or NT. Suggestions or experiences?

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    Re: Looking For NTFS Utilities

    In my view, you would need first to answer the question:
    In what circumstances are you hoping to be able to read an unhappy NTFS partition, and what would you hope to obtain from it if you could?

    My 2p worth is as follows:
    If the NTFS partition is 'stuffed', that is, some of the information at the front of the MFT is incorrect, then there would be a very low chance of reading the physical disk, sector by sector, say, because of the in-built security of NTFS. The days of the FAT partition where you could try to do this are nearly all gone.

    You could try asking the question of Mark Russinovich of Systinternals, or Technical Support at (say) Execsoft (for Diskeeper) or Raxco (for Perfect Disk), any or all of whom would be able to give you a better answer than me, since they either know the topic inside out/backwards and/or make money from moving stuff around disks! Another possible source of information might be those firms which allege they can 'recover' failed/failing hard disks, but they might be a bit reluctant to comment on what might be regarded as 'trade secrets'. Then there's always Microsoft..... <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15>
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

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