NTFSWalker is a simple, straightforward, and most importantly free utility for analyzing and “walking through” NTFS partitions on any media readable by your computer, including hard disks, memory cards, USB flash drives, and floppy disks. NTFSWalker takes you through the low-level structure of the file system, and lets you view deleted files, regular files, as well as detailed attributes for each file.

How does it work?

NTFSWalker has its own drivers for reading NTFS partitions. It bypasses the Windows file system drivers and reads your disk hardware directly! It allows you to view every record in your file system’s MFT in excruciating detail. And I mean excruciating. But that’s why you’re here, isn’t it, you masochist?

This program may be useful to students of computer science (or professors) who are learning about (or teaching) file systems. It is also useful for browsing deleted files, and being able to restore them, from any NTFS volume.

NTFSWalker is a cousin of the better-known program DiskDigger. If recovering lost files is what you’re after, DiskDigger is the solution.

Have you found it useful?

…or at least interesting? Then e-mail me a comment or a suggestion. Or, better yet, consider making a donation so I can continue to develop free, quality software, and keep it that way!

Revision history


– Improved detection of disk drives.
– Added ability to select logical drives, as well as disk images.


– Initial release to the Web.

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37 thoughts on “NTFSWalker”

  1. Hi,

    Nice program. I did a short test and it does the job. I came across the program via the following review: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/products/?p=1564&tag=nl.e026

    They do mention a problem with flash drives, but I assume this will someday be fixed.
    Also, it would really be nice if one could sort on columns once everything is listed.
    That would make it much easier to find a deleted file instead of having to scroll through the whole list.

  2. FYI
    While trying to open the zip file using WinZip 8,
    I get the message
    “Cannot open file: It does not appear to be a valid archive.
    If you downloaded this file, try downloading the file again.”

    I have tried multiple downloads (6 at the latest count) with the same results.


  3. hey,dude,could you show me the source code?
    I need it very much,my boss ask me to write some feature about NTFS File system…

  4. NTFSWalker is the only program that would work for me so far. I tried Parted Magic, TestDisk, Recuva and OnTrack. My only issue with NTFSWalker is that it only lets me copy 5 files at a time from the bad drive. After that, I have to exit out of the program and relaunch it.

    At that rate, it’ll take years to copy all of my files off of the drive. Am I missing something, or is this a “feature?”

  5. Thanks a lot. A very interesting tool indeed, Made a good learning curve for me in understanding the file system also.

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