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Windows 7: Locating $mft

17 Apr 2011   #1
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 
Locating $mft

I'm trying to locate some files including $mft.
Can anyone tell me how to locate $mft


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17 Apr 2011   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

And how are you going about locating these files?
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17 Apr 2011   #3
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
And how are you going about locating these files?
that's basically the question
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17 Apr 2011   #4
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Why don't you just go to start/type in $mft in search box?
Maybe you don't have any in your system.
I have several as they are from dump files doing BSODs
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17 Apr 2011   #5
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I've searched at the command prompt
dir /a
as I thought these meta files were accessible from the root.

Also used "(Search) Everything"

Physically I thought the Master File table followed the Boot sector of the volume.
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17 Apr 2011   #6
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

You will not see these files though explorer or the command line, you have to go deeper into the kernel of Windows. Talk directly with the file system driver. I know of no program that would do that.
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18 Apr 2011   #7
scrotiny

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
You will not see these files though explorer or the command line, you have to go deeper into the kernel of Windows. Talk directly with the file system driver. I know of no program that would do that.
The program Directory Snoop (not free) allows the user to view the content of metafiles like $mft and others. Quite useful as it also can recover deleted files and wipe files where necessary.
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18 Apr 2011   #8
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

The closest I've found is ntfsinfo tool from sysinternals. This is the kind of report it generates.

Locating $mft-capture.png

Download link here:

NTFSInfo


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18 Apr 2011   #9
scrotiny

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I'm trying to locate some files including $mft.
Can anyone tell me how to locate $mft
If you mean the physical location on the disk then some defraggers might do this - PerfectDisk will for instance.
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18 Apr 2011   #10
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

@Bill2
thanks. I had ntfsinfo.
I thought it basically read the hidden file $mft in c:\
I wanted to be able to see it and read it. I can't do either.

@Scotiny,
thanks, "defraggler" shows the physical location (like ntfsinfo).

My initial post did just says locate - my fault.
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