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Hard Drive inaccessible - is it malware?

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#1 marxxx


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Posted 23 August 2012 - 09:29 AM


Windows was giving me fits so I pulled the hard drive. I installed windows on a new drive. Later, I went back to get my data, and could not copy data from my music folder. All other folders were accessible. I removed the drive, came back later and the drive is detected by windows but says it needs to be formatted first. Of course I did not format or initialize the drive. I booted into a linux os. The drive mounts and shows my folders though it shows all folders as being empty. I installed clam av and tried to scan, but did not see an option to scan the whole drive, only folder at a time.

The drive does not click or make any unusual noise. I am wondering if this is or could be malware. I am considering booting from a win7 cd to recovery console and running fixboot and fixmbr. Then trying to access from windows? If no, then run seatools??? If yes, backup critical data and scan with removal utility (I normally like combofix)... Please post recommended steps, I don't want to do something in the wrong order and make it worse.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I have backups of most of my data, but some of it would be very disappointing to lose.


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