[Gllug] NTFS from Ubuntu

James Roberts jr at stabilys.com
Fri Jun 13 21:12:37 UTC 2008

Peter Ball wrote:
> I would like to recover what user data is still on the NTFS partition  but when I try to mount 
> The NTFS partition I get:
> Unable to mount volume:
> mount: wrong fs type. bad option. bad superblock on /dev/hda2. missing codepage or other 
> error. 

This is (usually) because the NTFS volume was shut down dirty (surprise).

The only way I have found to fix this is to mount the disk on any other 
NTFS machine and run chkdsk /f

Once the volume is consistent and marked clean (albeit damaged) copy the 
data off. You can use either OS to do this.

Unfortunately this does AFAIK require NTFS-aware chkdsk tools.

Imaging with dd will copy the unreadable data (so the above step is 
still needed) but is worthwhile if the surface is flaking off :)

'Course, it might be something else...


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