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XP laptop boots, but no files/programs visible


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#1 dathorpes

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 11:38 AM

My HP laptop is running XP.

My daughter was using it, when suddenly it starting beeping, and displaying error messages.
By the time I got to it, all the messages were gone so I don't know what they were.

After re-booting, all the programs and files are gone.

It will boot in both regular and safe mode, without any errors, but all the programs are gone, along with all the files.
The recycle bin is empty.

When I look at the properties of the hard drive, it still thinks it has files on it, displaying 17GB free space out of 43GB.
Using CMD, all the directories are empty, even the root.

It didn't come with an XP disc, instead it is on a separate partition.

I am using Norton for virus protection, and run MalwareBytes regularly.

Any help or suggestions is GREATLY appreciated.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 12:36 PM

The hard drive is a Seagate 4200.2. Just ran Sea Tools, Short Self Test: Passed. Now Running Generic Short Test.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 12:42 PM

You should post in the Am I Infected forum on this site.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 01:14 PM

hmmm..you think this could be a virus/malware problem? I'll go read that section.

I haven't run chkdsk or other repair software for fear of causing more problems.

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 07:32 PM

Duplicate of this topic: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic399353.html

Closed to avoid confusion.

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