I think this is the right place to post this issue, I have had tremendous help here on BleepingComputer, from removing Viruses to Getting data off a broken external hard drive. First off a little background on the machine in question... My friends Laptop (sony vaio VGN series) was acting up, and him not knowing anything about PC's he gave it to me to fix. He is running Windows XP. When I first started turned on this troubled machine his virus scanner was going nuts. He was infected with XP Security Tool 2010
Virus, But I used this guide I found here on the website http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-antivirus-vista-2010
and I removed all maleware accordingly. So that is not an issue.
He originally wanted the machine wiped and windows reinstalled Windows 7 preferably. SO I tried to boot his machine using a windows 7 disk, and I realized then his CD/DVD drive does not recognize any cd, not only the boot discs. His cd/dvd drive is not functional. So then I tried to boot from USB (i have a flash drive with windows 7 works on all my machines) I did go into bios using the (F2) key on turn on the External Boot.... But in the Boot menu there is no External Boot, its just an option on the 'Advanced Settings' tab, the Boot menu only has Internal optical drive, then Hard Drive, Floppy Drive, But I dont think thats the issue either because when I hit F11 (boot menu) while booting windows it comes up and says 'Missing opperating system' it wont boot from the USB device, I tried upgrading to Vista straight from the Desktop and that doesnt work either, the C Drive does not show up. So it lead me to think that there is a problem with the disk in the laptop, for all the issues. I tried cmd prompt to run a dskchk C:/r "something like that" and it said it could not run a dskchk but will on restart, so when I restart the machine the dskchk still wont run says the Current drive or Volume is being used by another program, I treid to google this problem and it lead me here to my favorite place on the net. Now everytime I start the PC it wants to run a dskchk and it cant. Then it load windows XP SP3 normally. To me it seems like the DISC in the laptop is either corrupt or being locked by another program, (the machine is virus free) this problem was present before the Viruses were on the machine, for I have tried several different times to wipe it and reinstall a new OS for him. I guess I was wondering if the DISC has bad sectors then is that is what stops it from booting from USB?? All the other machines boot from USB except this one, so I know my tools are good
I think the DISC is corrupt in the machine, I can not dskchk and I can not get the machine to boot from USB or Disc, any advice would be great. Thank You for your time, Ill be around all night tonight and tomorrow to answer any questions or diagnose any other problems. I have the troubled machine in my possession for awhile, we just want to put Windows 7 on it. I ran the Windows utlitity tool to see of Windows 7 will work and it says it does for a 32bit (which what this is)