Linux users need to use
ntfsprogs utility. On recent Linux releases, you need to install ntfs-3g utilities, so:
sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g or download from ntfs-3g-download
ntfsprogs is a suite of NTFS utilities based around a shared library.
The tools are available for free and come with full source code.
- mkntfs: Create an NTFS volume on a partition
- ntfscat: Print a file on the standard output
- ntfsclone: Efficiently backup/restore a volume at the sector level
- ntfscluster: Given a cluster, or sector, find the file
- ntfsfix: Forces Windows to check NTFS at boot time
- ntfsinfo: Dump a file’s attributes, completely
- ntfslabel: Display or set a volume’s label
- ntfslib: Move all the common code into a shared library
- ntfsls: List directory contents
- ntfsresize: Resize an NTFS volume
- ntfsundelete: Find files that have been deleted and recover them
- ntfswipe: Write zeros over the unused parts of the disk
- ntfsdefrag: Defragment files, directories and the MFT
- ntfsck: Perform consistancy checks on a volume
- nttools: Command-line tools to view/change an offline NTFS volume, e.g. ntfscp, ntfsgrep, ntfstouch, ntfsrm, ntfsrmdir, ntfsmkdir
- ntfsdiskedit: Walk the tree of NTFS ondisk structures (and alter them)
Be careful with these utilities, they might damage the filesystem, or your hard disk !
ntfsprogs installed (
sudo apt-get install ntfsprogs),
Execute the following commands in a terminal:
$ sudo ntfsfix /dev/partitionName
After this command you should expect the following output:
~$ sudo ntfsfix /dev/sdb3
Mounting volume... FAILED
Attempting to correct errors...
Processing $MFT and $MFTMirr...
Reading $MFT... OK
Reading $MFTMirr... OK
Comparing $MFTMirr to $MFT... FAILED
Correcting differences in $MFTMirr record 0...OK
Processing of $MFT and $MFTMirr completed successfully.
Setting required flags on partition... OK
Going to empty the journal ($LogFile)... OK
NTFS volume version is 3.1.
NTFS partition /dev/sdb3 was processed successfully.
After this step you should be able to access your external drive partition as usual, mount or use nautilus to access your files.