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NTFS-3G corrupted NTFS drive. Files missing but "disk usage" correct

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by innus, Oct 6, 2008.

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  1. innus

    innus Thread Starter

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    Hey, I was wondering if anyone could offer some advice on this one.

    I was messing around on a Mac in OSX, and moved my NTFS formatted (in windows) drive into the Mac to access my music.

    I used NTFS-3G for OSX in order to mount the drive as readable AND writable, and everything was fine. Drive worked, everything accessible, all good.

    I booted up the Mac this morning, and to my horror, everything on the music drive (except some Mac directories starting with '.' was gone. Scary feeling..

    The drive usage (98% used, 3GB free, or somewhere around there) is still shown correctly though, so I have some hope of recovering the data. The drive is back in the windows machine now, and it's still the same, nothing miraculously re-appeared.

    I know not to write anything to the drive until the data is recovered.

    I have a backup, but it's from August so I've lost quite a bit of music that I bought online, as well as some other stuff that was on that drive.

    Any ideas on recovering the data, bearing in mind that the disk usage appears to be correct? As far as I can tell, a bug in NTFS-3G has written the allocation table (or whatever it is in NTFS) incorrectly, effectively hiding the data from view, but no disk-wiping operations have occured so it should still be there,.. somewhere..

    I know there are disk recovery utils out there, but I've no idea which ones will help, and which ones might make the situation worse.

    Many thanks in advance

    Ian
     
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    innus Thread Starter

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    Essentially what I'm looking for, if such a thing exists, is a way to recover the allocation table rather than the files themselves (which are hopefully still intact).

    Cheers
     
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