My WD suddenly stopped getting recognized by Windows after a power surge. I was perturbed by the thought that it may have been permanently damaged by a hardware fault. But since it contained a lot of important data, I decided that I would try to fix it using software tools before sending it to WD for replacement.
I tried getting chkdsk in Windows to check it, but during the couple of times that I could get Windows to assign a drive letter to it, chkdsk stopped running half way through citing a “read error”.
Next option was to try getting gparted to repair it. However it failed stating the fsck.ntfs wasnt installed.
Next I ran ntfsfix on the partition (it was partitioned as ntfs). Though repair took over an hour to complete, at the end of it, it was recognized by Linux. I then tried connecting it to Windows and found that Windows recognized it as well.
Joel G Mathew, known in tech circles by the pseudonym Droidzone, is an opensource and programming enthusiast.
His favorite pastime is grappling with GNU compilers, discovering newer Linux secrets, writing scripts, hacking roms, and programs (nothing illegal), reading, blogging. and testing out the latest gadgets.
When away from the tech world, Dr Joel G. Mathew is a practising ENT Surgeon, busy with surgeries and clinical practise.