Recovering corrupted NTFS partitions

What if my partition is not showing up or gone missing?

In that case TestDisk could help. It is a disk utility designed to help people recover their lost partitions.

To install it, here in my case on Ubuntu, I’ll do
$ sudo apt-get install testdisk
$ testdisk

Once you run it, use that QUICK SEARCH option which will search and list out all your missing partitions, if there’s any. Most probably your missing partitions should have appeared by now. If not, then try doing a DEEPER SEARCH. Once you found them, you could use the WRITE option which will re-write the partition table for you.

Restart your computer and your missing partitions should show up.

I won’t go in detail. For more thorough guide, see this Step By Step guide from the official Wiki.

How to fix when my NTFS goes RAW?

It’s better to use Windows utilities when it comes to dealing with NTFS.

  • Boot into a Windows Recovery Disk.
  • Then go into System Recovery Options menu.
  • Open a command prompt window.
  • Use one or more of the following commands to find out the lable of your corrupted partition.
  • diskpart list disk
    diskpart select disk
    diskpart list volumes

  • Once done exit from diskpart and run
  • chkdsk /f /r D:
    where D: is the drive letter of the corrupted partition.

If you have got better solutions, let us know in the comment section below.

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