I had a gradual loss of access to Windows before the failure.
That was most likely due to the hard drive failing (it is to be expected) and not anything to do with a virus at all.
There is no need for testing of the hard drive. SMART is generally reliable, but unfortunately, by the time SMART issues a warning, it is often too late, and things have deteriorated badly.
The solution is to replace the failing hard drive with a good one. There are many options available to accomplish this, one of which is a fresh Windows installation on a new hard drive. However, you may wish to recover data from the failing hard drive, or you may wish to attempt to rescue the Windows system intact (for one reason or another) by cloning it to a new hard drive, in which case I will include links to a couple of recent topics where this has been successfully accomplished.Rescue data using Puppy Linux bootable CD:Windows XP with Multiple Booting issuesClone the failing hard drive to a new hard drive:
See the following guide for further information and cautions to observe:DjLizard's data recovery guide
- Please have a look through the very recent thread at the following link to see a successful result of cloning a failing hard drive (Windows XP system drive) using the recommended method:
Replacing hard drive
Edited by AustrAlien, 17 September 2011 - 12:27 AM.