Posted 11 March 2011 - 03:25 PM
I have a HUGE problem.
I had a user with a google redirect problem. Left it for months and never said anything to me, until just recently. I've had nothing but issues with trying to remove this, and it usually ends up in a reformat... yay me.. Oh well, I don't mind that sometimes.
I ran Malwarebytes, which I use quite often when my AV software doesn't have success in removing the issue. It detected some things, and removed them... still being redirected.
Anyways, I have a friend who had told me to try hitman pro, which works EVERY time.... yeah, last time I listen to a friend.
I ran hitman pro, and it wanted me to replace some system files using the CD, I chose ignore them, and delete one other entry.
Restarted the computer, and I ran to get the windows disc, just in case.... To my surprise, it was looping and looping and looping. I can't get into windows normally, safe mode, safe mode with networking. UGH!!!
So, I throw in the disc, boot to recovery console, and try to run a chkdsk /r.. the volume contains one or more unrecoverable errors.. FML.
I'm starting to panic... I can't do a dir of C: for some reason...
Think think think.... think think think.
It's a Lenovo computer... Go into rescue and recovery.. Here's where I totally should have gone with my gut, but I stupidly didn't.
I can go into rescue and recovery, and select to browse files. I could totally put in a flash drive, and copy the outlook.pst folder, and whatever documents needed for this user.... I don't want to reinstall windows. So, I figure there's a problem with the boot sector... makes sense to this guy. (or girl in my case)
So, off to recovery console again.. fixboot... fix mbr.
Reboot, fingers crossed... Invalid partition table. I puke in my mouth a little..
WHAT?! Never in my life have I had a fixboot and fix mbr eat my partition as a snack.
So... Here I am. I think, I'll try a parallel install of windows (yeah, bad I know)
La la la, windows setup, install windows... it gets to the partition part.. Unpartitioned space... my heart has sunken into my toes. I feel sick, and not sure what to do. It just wants to format.. NO way!!
I get back into recovery console, and now I can do a dir of C: to see some stuff... I can't run a chkdsk anything...
I really REALLY don't want to lose the stuff... and I know that I am going to have to reinstall windows now.
I'm going to take it with me, and see if I can connect it to another computer through USB and pull the info, then do a fresh windows install...
But, I'm hoping someone might have some advice for me, other than not to listen to a friend and then ignore my gut.
Do you think I can fix it without reinstalling, or am I up sh*t creek without a paddle and my arms tied behind my back?