@justnice980: Not necessarily. You can mount the drive in Ubuntu and use the built-in Disk Manager app to check how its health is.
You can use "Disk Utility" to check the health of the hard disk. Gparted (GNOME Partition Editor) can also run filesystem checks on your partitions, just right-click on the partition, choose Unmount, right-click the partition, choose Check, and then click Apply.
The reason is because the file system tools in Linux are not so good at fixing errors in ntfs partitions, often you need to boot to windows and fix the ntfs file system from windows.
With that said, there are many tools in Linux for working with your filesystems, everything from fsck to testdisk to smartmontools
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