How to Use ‘fsck’ to Repair File System Errors in Linux

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Marin Todorov

I am a bachelor in computer science and a Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator. Currently working as a Senior Technical support in the hosting industry. In my free time I like testing new software and inline skating.

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3 Responses

  1. Marin Todorov says:

    @Eric, if you have an issue with a windows partition, it would be better to use chkdsk windows utility. In Linux, there is fsck.ntfs which is a symlink to ntfsfix.

    ntfsfix is a utility that fixes some common NTFS problems. 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.

  2. Eric D. says:

    Interesting, but what about an external drive that giving problems running Windows 10? will fsck “fix” that drive as well? And is the syntax the same? (Just point your Linux machine to it and run fsck??)

    • Ravi Saive says:


      I don’t think fsck recognize windows filesystem, never tried it. I think you should give a try and see..:)

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