Rynhardt Kruger rynkruger at gmail.com
Sun Jan 5 11:34:26 UTC 2014

I don't know how well it will work with NTFS, but I've used photorec
in the passed to recover files from harddrives. One selects the type
of files to recover from an ncurses based menu, and it gets dumped in
a directory of one's choosing. The man page claims it's safe to use on
the actual partition of the harddrive, as it doesn't write to the

Take care,


On 1/5/14, Jason White <jason at jasonjgw.net> wrote:
> Anders Holmberg  <blinux-list at redhat.com> wrote:
>>I will give grml a try as the ntfs partition on my western digital elements
>> usb drive has gone south.
>>I can't get it back with testdisk so maybe some  other tools might work.
> It seems that Linux has a limited ability to repair corrupted ntfs file
> systems
> with the ntfsfix utility, but I would suggest trying other methods first,
> as
> a repair tool may only make the problem worse.
> If you think the drive might be failing (and smartctl should give an
> indication of this), some people recommend making a full copy using dd,
> then
> trying to recover the files from the copy rather than from the original.
> I've
> never had to do this, but instructions should be easy to find on the Web if
> you have a spare drive to which you can copy everything before trying to
> recover it. If I remember rightly, you can copy to an image file on a
> larger
> drive rather than directly to another drive, then mount the image file.
> If the disk really has failed, your only option then is to invest in
> sending
> it to a company that does hardware-based recovery, with no guarantee of
> useful
> results.
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