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#1 kev940

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 07:03 AM

I think im describing the after effects of a virus attack.
Im still running XP on my home computer when one morning it didn't boot up. I had an older drive which I installed to get me up and running. When I installed the original drive as a secondry drive I could not see it in my computer. When i went into the BIOS settings it was there...

I have tried using demo's of re3cover my files type of programs which also discoved the harddrive but these cost about 100 to purchase but I am unsure if this is the anwer I am looking for.
It would be nice to retain the files but my prioity is to regain the hard drive.

Many thanks for any advice you can give me.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 07:14 AM

Yeah.. It does seem to be virus attacks... Have you tried scanning your computer properly and running MalwareBytes.. It the hard drive is just hidden because of some reason and not lost, then there is a possibility that it might recover without using any recovery tool.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 08:25 AM

With both drives attached...go Start/Run...type diskmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

Take a snapshot reflecting all drives/partitions...and post it in your next reply.

How To Capture And Edit A Screen Shot - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic43088.html/page__gopid__2493350

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:thumbsup: , Allan.

Edited by hamluis, 19 June 2012 - 09:17 AM.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 08:35 AM

I believe the command hamluis meant for you to run is: diskmgmt.msc

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 10:52 AM

Hi lads

I have tried everything what was mentioned

Ran Malwarebytes

so attached is the screen shop from diskmgmt

It looks like it can see the second hard drive but cant see it if you know what i mean


cheer

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 11:21 AM

I see no screen shot.

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 12:53 PM

sorry i think it worked this time , can you tell im new to this

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 01:00 PM

The drive needs to be formatted

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 01:16 PM

So does this mean I loose all the data on the drive.

Secondly how can I format the drive when the PC wont see it?

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 01:32 PM

<<When I installed the original drive as a secondry drive I could not see it in my computer. When i went into the BIOS settings it was there...>>

Well...you either erased the contents of the drive...or the drive/file system is corrupt...since the drive appears in the same manner that a an unformatted hard drive would appear.

I'd run the appropriate hard drive diagnostic on the drive...before possibly wasting any effort on trying to use it. That's probably a pretty old drive...I don't even have any 120GB drives any more...so I believe the diagnostic is a good idea.

You format drives from within the Disk Managment function, take a look at the HELP files for more narrative on such.

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