The CMDCONS folder in the root of the Windows system drive is the XP Recovery Console, probably installed when you have used ComboFix in your previous adventures at BC. It is nothing to worry about. Do you see the opportunity to load the Recovery Console
OR Windows XP
when your computer starts up. Well, that is because you do have the CMDCONS folder. It is wise to keep it available.
On the other hand .... a corrupted or missing "system
" file is another matter (not related to any virus), and since you have seen it since reformatting, it needs to be dealt with in the XP forum area. So you can expect this thread to be moved there if you wish to continue with that subject.
The first thing that you should do is to check that your hard drive is not failing.
Download the diagnostic utility from the hard drive manufacturer's website to create a bootable floppy or CD. Boot with it, and run the short/quick test and then the long/extended test, and check the S.M.A.R.T. status. If the hard drive tests show NO problems what-so-ever with the hard drive, then it is safe to proceed with more work to rectify the problem with the Windows system.
Firstly, you need to find the brand name of your hard drive. You will find this info on the label of the hard drive (most likely you will have to remove the hard drive from the box to read the label). You will also find sufficient info to identify the drive (the model number) by looking in the BIOS Setup Menu. Another alternative is to use something like Everest or Belarc Advisor.EVEREST Free Edition 2.20http://majorgeeks.com/download4181.htmlBelarc Advisor
- Free Personal PC Audit (Version 8.1b) http://www.belarc.com/free_download.htmlHard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilitieshttp://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
The Hitachi diagnostic tool can be used with most hard drives, if you have any trouble determining the brand of your HDD.
Edited by AustrAlien, 16 November 2009 - 01:14 AM.