chkdsk / fsck on NTFS partition in ubuntu

As we know we can use command chkdsk to check and repair NTFS partitions in Windows system.In Ubuntu,we can use utility “ntfsfix” to fix SOME common ntfs problem.


First,umount the ntfs partition,then you can use below command to do a “chkdsk”

sudo ntfsfix /dev/sdXY

replace X and Y with your disk number and Partition number

ntfsfix is part of the ntfsprogs package,so if you can’t find this command in your ubuntu,you can install it using below command

sudo apt-get install ntfsprogs


ntfsfix is NOT a Linux version of chkdsk.  It only repairs some  fundamental  NTFS
       inconsistencies,  resets  the  NTFS  journal file and schedules an NTFS
       consistency check for the first boot into Windows.

So if ntfsfix can’t fix your issue,you still need to boot from a Windows boot disc/disk to repair your ntfs partition using chkdsk

2 thoughts on “chkdsk / fsck on NTFS partition in ubuntu

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  2. Paul Condon

    I just discovered today a compeating use of ‘fsck.ntfs’ for a different purpose. On my Knoppix live CD (version 7.0.5 dvd). There is a program by that name and a manpage for it. The manpage says it does nothing but suppress error messages while running the live Linux on computers whose HD is formated with NTFS (my paraphrase, not Klaus’ words)

    I doubt that this name identity will ever cause problems, but it’s really hard to know what the future will bring.



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