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Can HDD accidentally reformatted be made bootable?

March 23rd, 2015, 5:48

Hi folks. I wondering if I could get some feedback on whether or not it might be able to make a hard drive bootable again.

The problem child is a 500GB NTFS drive with an NTFS Windows 7 OS on a single partition that booted the system. That partition was accidentally deleted with GParted in Linux booted from a flash drive. A new partition was created in its place, and then a quick-format NTFS file system created. The system has since never been booted into Windows to insure no data on the 500GB HDD would be overwritten.

The drive was imaged. At that point GetDataBack for NTFS on a BartPE boot disk was able to locate one of many MFTs that was able to read most, or perhaps all of the data on the drive. That data was recovered to another drive.

Testdisk was able to find one MFT partition table that listed data contents, and write it as the primary bootable MFT. But the drive wouldn't boot at that point. It turned out that although all of the original root folders on the drive were visible from a file manager after booting the system into Linux, no files or subdirectories were listed in any of them except for the very topmost folder.

So the question for the learned folks in these forums is whether or not there is anything that might be done at this point that could restore the MFT that GetDataBack is finding, and make the drive bootable again?

Thanks for any feedback on this.
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