Any good apps to fix partition/filesystem problems that Chkdsk can't?

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    Windows 10 obviously
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    Paul Black said:
    I hope this helps.
    Windows 10 also alerts you to a disk check at reboot with a popup in the Notification area of a large red cross and the message "Windows needs to reboot and scan your disk for errors". It was this that first clued me in that something was damaging the file table. At first I was just perplexed by the fact defrag programs like Smart Defrag, UltimateDefrag and the inbuilt Windows Defrag would all fail with some variation of the "Move Denied, parameter incorrect" error, but when I started getting popups in the notification area telling me to check the disk I became concerned because obviously anything that can corrupt your master file table is a potential data killer.

    Thankfully, despite having Chkdsk run at startup on each boot Chkdsk would fine hundreds of files out of place but no files sent to "Lost and Found" aka broken files. So Chkdsk was able to undo the damage each time.

    The reason I assumed at first the errors were related to partitioning was just because I had recently cloned the drive but I was wrong, it was nothing to do with that it was the new software I had recently installed to take the place of the system restore.

    I am still without restore capabilities but I think I am just going to purchase a large drive and use a backup program to make regular clones of the drive, then in the event Windows goes bang I can just restore the entire system from the latest image.

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  2. Posts : 11,247
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux

    Hi there


    Download iso of GPARTED (Free) and make a bootable USB of it -- there's some options to attempt to recover data and it of course handles NTFS partitions and works in a GUI so very similar to standard partition managers.

    GParted -- A free application for graphically managing disk
    device partitions

    Here's a sample of the menu -- I haven't got a problem with HDD's currently but there is an option for Attempt data rescue and I have used it in the past -- I'm on a Linux box currently but it handles Windows partitions too - just boot the stand alone version.

    Any good apps to fix partition/filesystem problems that Chkdsk can't?-screenshot_20210320_102051.png

    For backing up / restoring in future simply use Free Macrium -- I think that's probably the most popular free backup / imaging system on the Forum --there are others of course - your choice. Anyway it's good you finally realize the importance of regualr backups --amazing how many people still don't in spite of cheap external disks being available and on reasonable hardware backing up shouldn't take too long anyway.

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