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Unable to start windows after hibernation! So My NTFS Drive is not working in LinuxMint

Explanation: Why Linux can’t open hibernated Windows partitions:

You are seeing this error because you hibernated Windows instead of turning it off the normal way (in newer versions of Windows, hibernate might be the default option).

  • Hibernating saves the current state information to the hard disk and then powers down the computer.
  • Shutting down the computer closes all programs and ends all running processes before powering down the computer.

When you turn off Windows by hibernating it, you are essentially pausing the system and saving all of that information (into a big file called hiberfil.sys This way when you resume from hibernation all of your applications and files will be exactly how you left them. It also sets a flag in hiberfil.sys to let other Operating Systems know that Windows is hibernated.

Making changes to your Windows ntfs partition while it is hibernated could be dangerous–it could cause Windows to not resume from hibernation or to crash after resuming. Because of this, the tool ntfs that mounts (opens) the partition will not mount it in read-write mode if it sees a hibernation flag. As such, Nautilus, the default file browser, will not be able to automatically open this partition–hence the error message that you see–because it is trying to open it in read-write mode.

Solving steps:

1- First use fdisk -l to view the name of the disk volume name you need to mount
fdisk -l


2- Use ntfsfix in the terminal, even if you can’t access Windows

Note: You well replace the XY in the below command with the needed drive from the above device list in the picture.

sudo ntfsfix /dev/sdXY

What do ntfxfix do?

1- Ntfsfix repairs some fundamental NTFS inconsistencies.

2- Resets the NTFS journal file and schedules an NTFS consistency check for the first boot into Windows.


Now if you have access to Windows, and you can run commands just follow the below video:

[su_quote cite=”From askubuntu” url=”https://askubuntu.com/questions/145902/unable-to-mount-windows-ntfs-filesystem-due-to-hibernation”]Unable to mount Windows (NTFS) filesystem due to hibernation[/su_quote]

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