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Can't boot Vista from 2nd hardrive

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#1 knaball


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:30 AM

Hello everyone. Wonderful forum here!


My problem goes as follows....my 7yr old son was playing some online games and picked up the bootsect.bak virus. The 700 pages that were up must have overloaded my already failing combo of psu, graphics card, and mother board as every capacitor on the graphics card popped, heated up enough to melt the fan/heatsink off the card and blow a couple capacitors on the motherboards pcie rail. So yes very toasty PC.


Anyway I already have new hardware being delivered and should be here by Monday. So I put my HD into a spare PC which they both have Vista32 OS and are seagate 250gb HD's. I was able to cleanup the infected HD with malewarebytes and had to do the unhide.exe also to get everything to show. It seems like I still can't get to ALOT of my files ie all my pictures, videos, music etc and my software ie Office and Quickbooks.


I figured I might be able to get to them by booting up with the exinfected HD. I get to the Windows load screen and it just loops back and reboots... 


Another strange thing is it says I only have 17gb left on this HD and I usally run less then 75% capacity. 


I ran Rkill and a quick scan with malwarebytes but nothing showed this time so I am hoping I am clean.

Edited by hamluis, 08 March 2013 - 10:58 AM.
Moved from Vista to Am I Infected - Hamluis.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:54 AM

Neither MS Office nor Quickbooks...stores data files inside the program itself...generally a program creates a storage file for its use or will merely link to existing file locations wherever such may be.


Reference for Quickbooks, http://news.sequimpc.com/software/intuit/quickbooks/where-does-quickbooks-store-its-data-files-and-what-extension-do-the-files-have/ .


You may want to read http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/67717-take-ownership-file.html .


As for the malware aspects of your situation, I don't have the wisdom to comment on such...but I will move this topic to a forum which can try to appropriately assist you with questions about such.


As for booting with a hard drive from a different system...this is a known "setting yourself up for failure" effort, due to drivers, license, and Windows settings on the hard drive...not matching up with the actual Windows-detected hardware settings.



Edited by hamluis, 08 March 2013 - 10:58 AM.

#3 knaball

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:04 AM

Thank you Louis.

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