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- NTFS sector to file mapping
June 14, 2006, 7:08 pm
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Spinrite has identified an absolute sector on my large hard drive that
has unrecoverable data. What I want to know is, is that a free
sector/cluster, or does it map into a file?
There's a Windows utility that can tell me this, but for the life of me
I can't remember its name or find it. Or alternatively, some other
software or disk editor that works on Windows 2003 Server with NTFS
that will allow me to identify the file (if any).
Disk Explorer for NTFS allows me to navigate to the sector in question,
and it displays all 0xFF for the sector. But I have no confidence in
this result, since in earlier incarnations of Norton Disk Editor any
attempt to read a bad sector would generate a visible disk read error.
It does identify the file associate with the sector, as $LogFile --
which I believe was fixed earlier by me when I ran Chkdsk and it
identified a bad cluster in $LogFile and rewrote the file. (I may have
been selecting the wrong sector, as mistakes always happen.) So I need
some other tool to confirm these results, before I rerun Spinrite.
-- Roy Zider
Windows 2003 Server SP1
NTFS file system
Tyan Tiger MPX S2466N-4M
Seagate 200GB drives
Re: NTFS sector to file mapping
No, tried that already. It's a nice graphic display, but pretty
useless for what I'm trying to do. You click on a graphic area and it
tells you the file that is there. But evident direct mapping or other
data in/out that I could see. Too bad, since Russinovich et al have so
many nice utilities. This one is more of a toy, it seems.
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