I have been given a hard disk that needs some data restore. Let me explain the situation...
The HDD's owner says the disk cannot be mounted in Windows, I suspected a power problem but verified that the disk spins up and Linux (using a USB-to-SATA cable + power from plug) sees the partition.
However, Linux refuses to mount the partition as it says it's broken (it's NTFS, as in the subject). I can use Photorec to restore the most common file types, however I would like to try first to restore the partition, and only after that go with the brute force option.
Linux suggests me to run
chkdsk /f, but unfortunately Windows, while detecting the peripheral actually refuses to detect any partition.
If I succeed in chkdsk the HDD's owner might be happier.