How to Repair a Corrupt Master File Table

By TS Jordan

The master file table is a portion of new technology file systems (NTFS) that store information regarding all files and directories on a particular drive, making it a crucial part of your computer. Repairing a corrupt master file table is accomplished by using the disk repair tools in your operating system, a procedure that will take anywhere from 20 minutes to more than an hour depending on the state and speed of your hard drive and computer.

Step 1

Click "Start," "Programs" and open "Accessories."

Step 2

Right-click "Command Prompt" and select "Run as Administrator."

Step 3

Type "chkdsk x: /r" and press "Enter," replacing "x" with the letter of the drive containing the corrupt master file table.

Step 4

Press "Y" to confirm the scan and repair.

Step 5

Restart your computer. The PC will automatically scan the drive for errors at start-up, repairing errors that are found and repairing the master file table.