Hoping somebody can help me with a problem.

I have a Hard Drive that has a corrupted file system and i have tried the usual MS Windows fixes, chkdsk and a number of recovery tools inc Dos recovery tools and failed.

The Drive is an MS Windows drive with an NTFS file system.

chkdsk scans and after several hours fixing numerous problems eventually gives up and fails to complete.

The directory "My Documents" contains several GB of data and displays that this is true. When trying to access the directory, access is denied because its corrupt. Using Windows and Dos recovery tools i can view the contents of the directory sometimes! but cannot copy out any of the data, the applications return messages saying no can do basically.

I would like to try to use Linux to recover the data.

Problem number one is i have never tried to add a hard drive to an existing Linux system before, how do i go about adding a new drive?

The 2nd problem is, is there a Linux application that i can use to attempt to repair and recover the corrupt data on this drive or more specifically in the "My Documents" directory.

Mark