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    Exclamation C:\$MFT corrupt and unreadable

    I have an error message popping up that says:

    "C:\&MFT is corrupt and unreadable.
    Please run CHKdsk Utility."

    The Utility runs automatically when I reboot, but the problem persists.

    I am running Win XP and the problem started when I tried to install service pack 2

    Please Help

    confused and fustrated!!!
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    What file format?

    If it FAT32.. Convert it to NTFS..

    Most of the XP SP2 problems that I have encountered have been with systems on the FAT32 file format... especially those that refer to file corruption problems

    Is the SP2 install complete? I suspect it isn't
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    OKAY SO DON'T LAUGH...MY 1ST HOME BUILT COMPUTER.
    I AM NOT SURE WHAT FORMATTING I HAVE. HOW DO I FIND OUT WHETHER I AM FORMATTED FAT32 OR NTFS.

    HOW DO I GO ABOUT MAKING THESE CHANGES..AND YES U R CORRECT...SP2 DID NOT COMPLETE THE INSTALL.
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    I AM NOT SURE WHAT FORMATTING I HAVE. HOW DO I FIND OUT WHETHER I AM FORMATTED FAT32 OR NTFS
    Admin toools will give you or the defrag tool will give you the info that you need.. easiest is defrag.. look at the drive list.. it will say ntfs or FAT32..

    IF and only IF the drive is formated in FAT32.. open the commant prompt and use the "Convert" command.. (open help and type in CONVERT the full syntax is listed there..

    should ber something like

    convert c: /fs:ntfs
    but I could be wrong
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    okay, I found out that my computer was indeed formatted in NTFS so now what?

    Oh, by the way, thanx for all ur help.
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    Using google, I found this bit of text:
    (...) ends up the $MFT is the NTFS file structure table, and it got massively jacked up and so the entire partiton went poof, (...)
    As far as I know, there's some recovery software on the Windows XP installation-disc. Maybe that can help you fix this - I'm not entirely sure though.
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    soooooooooo, then I am probably better off re-imaging?

    Yippeee...Yahoo...Got to love it!!!
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    And your image is of ?
    If your image is PRE SP2, then fine.

    If however, your image was taken after the failed SP2 install, then I would hold up on the image route.

    Can you get hold of the SP2 CD [free from MS]
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/d...s/default.mspx

    Just in case the next attempt ends in tears too.
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