Fix Corrupt Master File Table. CHKDSK Aborted Error in Windows 10/8/7

Abby Haines updated on Jul 03, 2019 to Format Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

If you encounter "Corrupt master file table Windows cannot recover master file table CHKDSK aborted" error that is caused by Windows system crash, virus attack, or improper operation, there are a few possible ways to fix it. Besides, you can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover files from the corrupted storage device to prevent data loss.

"Corrupt master file table. Windows cannot recover master file table. CHKDSK aborted"

"I have been using a Seagate HDD with one NTFS partition in my Windows 10 ACER laptop to save data for two years. But this morning when I turned on the computer, I got the error "Corrupt master file table. Windows will attempt to recover the master file table from disk. Windows cannot recover the master file table. CHKDSK aborted." Now when I try opening the drive, it says: "E:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable." Can anyone suggest a method for recovering the data and MFT so I can get a copy at least?"

Corrupt master file table. Windows will attempt to recover master file table from disk

Master File Table is the most critical file in an NTFS file system. It keeps track of all files on the volume, as well as their logical location in folders, physical location on the hard, and metadata about the file. If the master file table gets corrupted, files in the NTFS file system volume will be inaccessible.

Common reasons for corruption of Master File Table are:

  • Windows system crash
  • Malware and virus attack for MFT
  • A lot of bad sectors on the hard drive
  • Application crash or malfunction
  • Pull out external disk improperly

When you encountered such a situation, you can run CHKDSK in repair mode to check and repair bad sectors to fix this problem. When you encountered such a situation and try to run CHKDSK to fix the problem, but at most times, it will not help and prompt "Corrupt master files table. Windows will attempt to recover master file table from disk. Windows cannot recover master file table. CHKDSK aborted". Then how can you repair the master file table when Windows cannot recover it. Read on and check the following practical approaches.

Fix "Corrupt Master File Table" Error in Windows 10/8/7 and Recover Data

Tip
Hard drive formatting is one of the methods, so before you try the fixes below, you need to back up the hard drive to prevent any unexpected data loss.

Solution 1: Repair Corrupt Master File Table with CHKDSK Utility

1. Right-click the hard drive with a corrupt master file table and choose "Properties".

2. Click "Tools" > "Check". And choose "Scan drive".

corrupt master file table

If CHDKS is aborted, move to Solution 2.

Solution 2: Use FixMbr Command to Repair MFT

1. Enter System Recovery Options screen. Connect a bootable USB drive to your computer, restart PC and continuously press F2 or F8 to enter the BIOS setup. Go to Startup or Boot column and set the computer to boot from your new drive. Save the changes and restart your PC.

2. Follow the onscreen message, and select "Repair your Computer" when you get to the System Recovery Options window.

3. Select "Command Prompt" to open a command prompt window. Type bootrec.exe and press Enter.

The parameter /FixMbr allows the repair of a corrupted Master Boot Record.

Solution 3: Recover Data and Format the Drive

If the above fixes can't address "Corrupt master file table. Windows cannot recover master file table. CHKDSK aborted" issue; the final try is formatting the hard drive to make it accessible and usable. But to avoid data loss, you need to recover data from the corrupted partition with a professional hard drive recovery software in advance.

How to Recover Data from Corrupted Hard Drive

Here, we highly recommend you try EaseUS data recovery program, which works exceptionally well to recover files from a corrupted hard drive or raw disk in Windows 10/8/7 or any other previous versions.  It is also capable of recover lost data from various storage media like USB flash drive, SSD, HDD, CF/SD card, and so on because of formatting, deletion, partition loss, application/system crash, virus attack, etc.

Click the following button to get this easy-to-use data recovery tool. Then follow the steps below to recover data from hard drive with corrupted master file table.

The overall steps to recover lost data:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer. And then, select a location, which can be on a hard disk drive, an external USB flash drive/micro SD card or a specific folder on Desktop or somewhere else. Click on the Scan button.

select a location

Step 2. You'll see more and more data is showing up during the scan. You can check the "Deleted files" quick result during the scan if it's for deleted file recovery. 

scan lost data

Step 3. Click "Filter" to quickly filter photos, documents, videos and other specific types of files. And lastly, select the wanted data and click on the Recover button.

select data and click recover

When the data recovery completes, you can format the hard drive to NTFS or FAT to use again.

1. Go to This PC or Disk Management, and right-click on the partition or drive, select "Format".

2. Set Volume Label, File System, and Allocation unit size as you need. Then, click "OK" to start the process.

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