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Windows 7: Does windows store the file list of external HD's somewhere?

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Feeling a little lazy this morning, so I've opted to skip the search. I have an external HD that died on me and was hoping to recover at the very least the file list on that hard drive? I imagine some of it may be stored here and there in various applications I used to view the HD content. But aside from application specific history, is there some place where Windows stores the file list of external HD/storage even after they are disconnected.

My first best guess is that the list is stored on the HD itself and Windows simply reads it when it get's connected?

Thanks in advance.
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My first best guess is that the list is stored on the HD itself and Windows simply reads it when it get's connected?

Yes, the Master File Table is created on the drive when you format it to create a file structure for the drive. Windows does not store the MFT for any drive other than the one it is installed on.
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