How to fix Windows hard drive not working on Linux

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You have a hard disk NTFS with which you are having problems and look for a solution to try to solve without using Windows. In the next few lines, we will explain how to fix broken windows hard drive on linux quickly and easily directly from the terminal.

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How to install NTFS Fix on Linux

NTFS Fix is a fix tool that is often not pre-installed on Linux and allows the operating system to natively interact with the file system NTFS as most distributions are unable to. To proceed with the installation of NTFS Fix, follow the directions below depending on the Linux distro in your possession.


sudo apt install ntfs-3g -y


sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g -y


sudo dnf install ntfs-3g ntfsprogs -y


sudo zypper install ntfs-3g ntfsprogs

Arch Linux

To usare NTFS Fix su Arch Linux, you should know that the package is only available in repository software Extra which must be enabled within the Pacman using the Nano text editor. So, open the terminal and issue the command sudo nano -w /etc/pacman.conf in order to open the file Pacman.conf.

Once this is done, identify Extras and remove the symbol # present alongside and in the following lines. Save the changes made to the configuration file with Ctrl + A and close Nano with Ctrl + X.

In conclusion, proceed with the installation of NTFS Fix with the command sudo pacman -Syy ntfs-3g.

How to fix a broken Windows hard drive on Linux

Once the fix tool is successfully installed NTFS, at this point you are ready to use it for repair the NTFS hard drive not working using yours Linux PC.

To clean up the hard drive with NTFS file system via NTFS Fix, first of all it is necessary to detect the unit label through the terminal. The quickest way to do this is to use lsblk.

Through the proposed result, identify the partition name Windows hard drive. If you don't know what to look for, we recommend that you take a look at our dedicated tutorial below.

After identifying the HDD label to restore, execute the command sudo ntfsfix / dev / sdX1 (Eg. sudo ntfsfix / dev / sda1). Obviously, replace sdX1 with the label of the hard disk to be analyzed.

Let the command do its job and wait for completion. When finished, the NTFS drive should work fine.

Mind you that running NTFS Fix does not always work. Sometimes, to solve the problem, you have to start Windows and use chkdsk.

If you want to delete some bad sectors of the Windows drive, you can always take advantage NTFS Fix. Open the terminal and use the command sudo ntfsfix –clear-bad-sectors /dev/sdX1.

To know all the features made available by the tool, you can access the section Help executing the command ntfsfix –help.

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