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How to fix ntfs.sys missing or corrupt without losing data

Updated on Aug 06, 2018 by Jean to Resource


This article tells how to fix ntfs.sys missing/corrupted error by restoring missing/corrupted ntfs.sys file from bootable CD or restoring lost files due to ntfs.system missing by powerful file recovery software. If you are urgent, free download and try EaseUS file recovery software to retrieve lost files with simple clicks now.

Error: System32\Drivers\Ntfs.sys is missing or corrupt Windows XP/7/8/10

"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: System32\Drivers\Ntfs.sys".

This is the exact error message that you get from Windows saying the ntfs.sys file is missing or corrupt. And the causes for a missing or corrupt ntfs.sys file are said to be the following:

  • Overclocking or heat related issue.
  • Malware corrupted your ntfs.sys file.
  • Converting your hdd from fat32 to ntfs.
  • Bad of defective hdd corrupted your ntfs.sys file.
  • Bad memory or other failing hardware.

How to fix ntfs.sys missing or corrupt issue?

By replacing ntfs.sys file with bootable CD (the most applied).

Prepare your Windows CD and do as follows.

Step 1. Insert the Windows CD into the computer and restart the computer.
Step 2. As the computer is starting, make sure to press a key to boot from the CD.
Step 3. In the Windows setup screen, press the R key to run the Windows Recovery Console.
Step 4. If prompted, enter the number of Windows installation you're repairing.
Step 5. At the command prompt, type the below command.

copy x:\i386\ntfs.sys c:\windows\system32\drivers

(Replace x: with the letter of your CD-ROM drive, like D:)
Step 6. If ntfs.sys is still on the computer, you'll be prompted if you want to overwrite the file. If prompted, press the Y key for Yes to overwrite the file.

Step 7. Once the file has been successfully copied, remove the CD and reboot your computer.

How to recover lost files due to Ntfs.sys missing or corrupt?

Congratulations if you fixed the missing or corrupt ntfs.sys file in Windows XP/7/8/10. Usually, computer data files may possibly lose after such a ntfs.sys error fix, and EaseUS data recovery software can take good care of it.

Download EaseUS hard drive recovery software to restore whatever disappeared on your computer, HDD or external SD card, USB flash drive, etc. That's how you're guaranteed with an effective and safe fix for missing or corrupt ntfs.sys file without losing data.

Step 1. Select the disk storage location where files were lost, deleted, damaged, corrupted or formatted.
Step 2. Run quick scan and deep scan to find files.
Step 3. Preview and recover the files.

fix ntfs.sys missing or corrupt without losing data