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#1 jclfc

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 07:44 PM

Hey there,

Bit of a complicated issue this but please bear with me while I try to explain...

I have a Dell Vostro 200 desktop. When I purchased it, I hooked up my IDE HHD to the SATA MB by using a PCI IDE Controller card. You can follow how I did this here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic123549.html

I used it as my secondary drive for file storage and no OS was installed on it.

Recently the drive picked up some Malware which prevented me from opening files without giving an error message and saying I needed to download Windows something or other to defrag and repair the disk.

Much to my shame, it looked legit...but I quickly realised it wasn't. So I uninstalled the program and then tried to run Combo Fix to clean things up. I've used CF 100s of times before and never had an issue.

Anyway, CF asked if I wanted to update so I did and then it began doing its thing. However, an error message appeared saying there wasn't enough disk space to create a restore point and then it restarted and then I was given a BSOD death issue and could not boot up - either normally or in safe mode - without getting a BSOD.

I reinstalled Vista onto my primary HDD and things are fine now - except my machine cannot locate my secondardy HDD.

However, when the machine boots, it ackowledges the HDD is there because it lists the drive and it's details - Hitachi Deskstar HDT722516DLAT80 164GB.

Does anyone have any idea what this issue could be and how to resolve it? I am wondering if it is a driver issue? I am seriously hoping I have not lost the data on the drive for ever!

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 07:51 PM

How is the problem drive currently hooked up?

It sounds like the lead in tracks on the storage drive have been corrupted. Does it show up in Disk Management? Device Manager?

A possible fix. But can not promise as I have never tried it using the type of adapter you you are using.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 08:01 PM

Hi Thunderz,

How do I find disk management? I can't find it in device manager.

It's not showing in Find and Mount either.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 08:04 PM

Vista Disk Management.

Had to look it up myself to be sure. Way to little time at a Vista keyboard. :blush:

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 08:15 PM

I've used disk management and four drives show up.

An unnamed one, my CDROM, my C: drive and recovery drive D:

I'm not sure if the unnamed one is the one I am looking to restore?

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 08:21 PM

I`m guessing it is. But only you know how many drives you have on your PC. :wink:

If you right click on the unknown drive does it give you an option to assign a drive letter? If you are able to, does it then show up properly and are you able to access it?

Having run ComboFix actually you should be refereed to another Staff member who is more familiar with it`s inner workings. But we can try a couple things before doing that.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 08:32 PM

There are no options when I right click it, it just says help.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 08:34 PM

Please set tight. I will bring this post to the attention of the Staff that deal with issues possibly having been caused by the use of ComboFix.

Please be patient.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 08:36 PM

Thank you ThunderZ, I appreciate your help!

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 08:40 PM

That`s what BC is here for.

Good luck in recovering your data. :thumbup2:

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 09:10 PM

I've used disk management and four drives show up.

An unnamed one, my CDROM, my C: drive and recovery drive D:

I'm not sure if the unnamed one is the one I am looking to restore?

Is this unnamed one part of the same hard drive as drive C:?

If so, this may be your SYSTEM RESERVED volume.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 10:20 PM

Please...post a screenshot of your Disk Management view.

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 09:58 AM

Ok this is weird...

I have booted up the machine today and opened up My Computer, and the drive is now being reconised as J: drive. I have no idea why, I have not done anything other than what instructions I have been given in this thread.

Anyone have any idea? I don't want to power down incase I lose it again!

Here's the requested screenshot taken today.

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 10:52 AM

There is also something else the Combo Fix experts can help me with if possible...

When I ran Combo Fix it gave the errors detailed in my first post in this thread. Is there any way I can restore my computer to its previous state with users and programs that have been saved in 'Windows.old'?

I did follow the steps on the MS website, but it gave me the BSOD error again.

Thanks.

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 12:17 PM

Grab your data now if possible and just in case.

Hoping to get one of our ComboFix trained Staff Members to look in on this thread.




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