I have a Maxtor oneTouch4 500GB external hard drive which I use for back up purposes. Yesterday I finally decided to make the complete move from Windows to Linux and I installed Ubuntu on my main hard drive (not the maxtor in question). I installed Ubuntu and when I tried to access my Maxtor external hard drive where I had all my files Ubuntu told me that the drive couldn't be mounted. Bad sectors existed in the NTFS partition. The message said that I should run chkdsk /f on Windows. So I took my maxtor HD and hook it up via USB to my laptop running Windows. I tried to access the drive from Windows and it said the drive was corrupted. I ran chkdsk /f and it went through no problems on the C drive, then when it got to my Maxtor drive it fixed thousands of things. I then rebooted the computer tried accessing the drive, and I was able to, but all my files have disappeared. Are my files completely lost? I see that the hard drive is still using 10GB which is about the size of all the files I had in it.
Please let me know. I don't want to think all my pictures were lost