I wasn't able to find any threads that specifically mention repair of NTFS partitions, and recently I have ran into a couple of drives where I've needed to do this.
As an example, I have a 60GB IDE notebook drive, which has two partitions. The primary is the boot partition, and works fine. It's set to about 10GB and is totally full. The other (extended) partition is the remainder of the drive and has (had!) most of the space free. However, it recently has come up as "corrupt" and unreadable. Windows runs scandisk on it at boot time and reports no problems. I pulled the drive and connected it to a desktop computer: there,
chksdk /f found a lengthy list of files that needed some attention, which it seemed successful at fixing. (Cross linked files or something.)
At the end of the day, I still cannot read any files on this partition. I'm afraid to run a partition manager on it for fear that it will make the data inaccessible.
Is there some way to visualize the files on this partition, or rebuild whatever has caused it to become unreadable? The drive seems to be in good mechanical order.
The good news is there is a fairly current backup of the data, so this is not mission critical. But it would be good practice for fixing this type of problem.