In a practical scenario, Windows may display the following STOP error in ntfs.sys file on a blue screen when you reboot your system, followed by a 'dirty' shutdown or disk corruption:
- Ntfs.sys is the main driver file of NTFS file system that enables the Windows operating system to read/write data from/to NTFS file system partitions.
After the above error message, boot process gets halted and you can not access any of your hard drive partitions. In order to get your NTFS partitions back, you need to find out the cause of this problem and fix it using Partition Recovery Software.
Root of the issue
This behavior of Windows operating system occurs when you try to mount an NTFS file system partition whose MFT (Master File Table) or boot sector is damaged. Corruption may occur due to unexpected system shutdown, after system crash or power outages like situations.
Hard drive corruption may also result in this situations. In some cases, disk corruption may simply render it unmountable, without giving a STOP error.
Try out the following things to fix this issue:
- Identify the damaged partition.
- Prevent this partition from being mounted.
- Boot Windows computer.
If the damaged partition is boot/system partition, you need to format the hard drive and reinstall operating system. Formatting is the process of removing all the existing hard drive partitions and data and then reinstalling new file system, operating system, and metadata structures. As formatting removes all the hard drive partitions and data, it causes grave partition loss situations and you need to Recover Partition to get your data back.
Recovery is best possible with third-party Partition Recovery Software that methodically scan the whole hard drive using advanced scanning techniques to recover lost partitions and data. They are totally safe and easy to use.
Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is the most advanced and efficient tool for assured recovery of lost partitions. The software works well with Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, 2003, XP, and 2000. It recovers FAT16, FAT32, VFAT, NTFS, and NTFS5 file system partitions.