Retrieving Files from Master Boot Record malformed HDD

December 6, 2007 at 1:01 pm (Tools)

My system in office got affected by virus and it restarted. After restaring it displayed “Missing Operating System”. I did not understood it first and later remembered that one of my friend too had went through the same problem. I remembered him saying that a virus has attacked his system and has affected the master boot record, making the harddisk unusable. Master boot record stores the critical information about the partition in the hard disk.

I had some important project files stored in the system and i did not had any backup. I was tensed as i spent 30 days to design those 80 pages in the project. Finally i connected the HDD as secondary to another computer and started to explore that damaged HDD. It prompted to format the drive. I got tensed further as i was not sure that we can retrieve the files after formatting. Finally i googled a lot and found many tools to retrieve the files. But none was successful.

The next day i found a tool “Power Data Recovery” which is available here. I downloaded the trail version and scanned the damaged HDD using the tool.

This tool took about one and half hour to scan the disk and then displayed the files in it. I then tried to retrieve all the project files at a time. It prompted that “This is a Demo version so it can retrieve files that has size less than 630 KB”. Then i retrieved each file one by one and finally a smile appeared on my face.



  1. subbu said,

    atleast now ask them to set up the CVS or something like that for your project 🙂

  2. MT Solution Ltd. said,


    I am very glad to know that you could recover your important files by our data recovery software. Please backup your files frequently.

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