I was hoping someone could help me as I attempt to tackle a virus-infected drive. If anyone has a solution different from the one I am pursuing, I would appreciate hearing about it! Similarly, if someone sees in my description a cause of my problems that I have not, please do point it out!Background problem:
My desktop came down with some fake antivirus virus last week. I was going to try to fiddle with the registry to fix, but the registry and task manager were disabled by the virus. I was going to boot into safe mode, but my computer, upon restart, entered into the "Last Known Configuration" screen, and every option keeps returning me to that screen.My solution:
Not owning a bootable Windows XP disk, I thought my best hope was to take the drives out of my desktop, swap them into an external drive, and read the drives on my laptop, so that I could at least transfer the contents from them to another external. Then, I would put the desktop drives back into the desktop and format/reinstall Windows. I had two WD hard drives in the tower desktop; the startup drive has two partitions, while the 2nd WD drive also had two partitions.New problem
I swapped what was my desktop's startup drive into an external, but when it showed up on the laptop, I could only see 1-2 folders...none of the other contents was visible. Of the visible folders, one that was visible, a "Shared Folder" of some sort, kept returning "Access restricted..." I check the storage capacities of the drive, and the numbers indicate that the data are still there, but I just cannot see them. I suspect that, because most of the data was within "My Documents" and because all the User Accounts on my infected drive's XP OS were password-protected, the data is somehow restricted from simply being seen on another computer even when the drive is in slave mode.Questions
(1) Am I even going about this the right way? Would a bootable XP disc obviate my drastic hardware solution? Is there some other way to get access to those drives without taking them out of the tower? I just couldn't seem to get past the "Last Known Config" screen.
(2) How can I read the data on my desktop drives via another computer? The external HD I was using to read the desktop drives on the laptop itself came installed with a WD drive, so I don't think there was an issue there.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal