NTFSFIX a life saving command !

I had a dual boot linux + XP for which i had a huge NTFS partition of about 170GB to store my backup data, ebooks, project details, STAR TREK episodes , songs etc.Then having fixed my 5.1 audio problem ( which was the only reason i still had XP hanging around) in linux, i completely removed the XP partition, just yesterday, i thought of installing windows again because we are learning assembly language at college and our teachers insist we use only MASM ( an archaic microsoft assembler) so i thought of installing WIN2K as that was all i needed, in 2K’s partition menu i created the partition and just as i was going to hit enter, the Dreaded BLUE SCREEN came up and that was the start of all my problems.

Having thought, i had made some mistake i came back to linux to check if my data was ok .But then i realized  that the backup drive wouldnt mount, after having gone through a lot of misery (trying out Chkdsk /f) etc & having to battle the thought of losing my data ,I checked up the NTFSFIX command for the

error “$MFTMirr does not match $MFT” and using the syntax:

$ ntfsfix (path of the partition eg. /dev/sda4)

and wala !! it ( the partition ) started working again !

Hope this short essay of mine helps you.

Also, never loose heart when all odds are against you.

Kunal Ghosh



4 thoughts on “NTFSFIX a life saving command !

  1. Thanx man ur short essay really helped me out, saved me from further tiring trials on my hdd…!!

    • Good to hear that Keshri. Also you may try switching that partition to ext3 , i had done that some time back , and since then faced no problems.


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