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Old 08-21-2006, 02:51 PM   #1
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NTFS hard drive now fails to mount

I've just installed linux, and I have all my old data on a second hard drive, formatted to NTFS. I successfully mounted it a few times with the string
mount -t ntfs /dev/hdc1 /mnt/ntfs -o unlock,ro

Last time I tried to mount it (same string, it's not in fstab), I got error output
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/hdc1,
       missing codepage or other error
       In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
       dmesg | tail  or so

dmesg | tail reveals
NTFS-fs error (device hdc1): read_ntfs_boot_sector(): Primary boot sector is invalid.
NTFS-fs error (device hdc1): read_ntfs_boot_sector(): Mount option errors=recover not used. Aborting without trying to recover.
NTFS-fs error (device hdc1): ntfs_fill_super(): Not an NTFS volume.
Is there anything I can do to save this partition?
Old 08-21-2006, 04:30 PM   #2
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Seems that your NTFS partition is corrupted. So try booting from windows XP cd (be sure that your ntfs drive is selected as the first boot option in the BIOS) and using the recovery console, type "FIXBOOT".

Good luck


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