It is so unfortunate that we always get to experience data loss or deal with a corrupt hard disk when we don’t have a backup. You always get a sinking feeling thinking about never getting your files back. However, if it is a software problem, then you could easily get your data back. Many times your ExtFS or NTFS file systems gets corrupted and you don’t know how to deal with the situation. But this should not become such a huge headache to you. Below are a few tips on how to handle this situation.

First Option

The first recommendation I normally go to first is using a different operating system other than windows. Connect the windows disk to either Linux or GNU and you will be able to view the corrupted files almost all the time. Most of the time, windows does not recognize the corrupted NTFS or ExtFS file. The odd thing is that the GNU or Linux system is able to read it and you can simply restore your data. Try to use the most current version of Linux possible to make the data recovery faster and easier. This is the simplest method and always yields results most of the time.

Second Option

You could alternatively use a recovery program. With this method you will use your windows operating system, you should not use a recovery program that modifies the disk you want to restore. This is because recovery programs that do so actually make the chances of retrieving your data much more difficult. If your only option at the time is using a recovery program that modifies the files, then you must ensure that you make a clone copy of the damaged drive first.

Third Option

You could also decide to use an NTFS repair tool, it is referred to as ntfsfix and is a pretty powerful tool. You should, however, use it with caution because it can write back damaging the device. The NTFS repair tool is simple to use and you just need to follow the steps carefully.


NTFS or ExtFS volumes get corrupted quite often than we think. It is advisable that you always have a backup for easy restoration. There are so many options when it comes to backups, these include external harddisks, USB drives, and even the cloud storage. Always choose a backup plan that suits you and with enough capacity to contain all your data.