Hard drive seems wiped by virus

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Hi,
some advice please, opened my computer today, was using it and a message
came up saying: Windows recovery: 11 errors detected, click here to fix.
Like a idiot I clicked the applet, and now cannot access my hard drive,
looking at the  HDD, seems to be empty,  Any idea how I can fix this
problem.   Tried to use system restore but it would not activate,
Your help is appreciated
Thanks and Regards
Bob


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| Hi,
| some advice please, opened my computer today, was using it and a message
| came up saying: Windows recovery: 11 errors detected, click here to fix.
| Like a idiot I clicked the applet, and now cannot access my hard drive,
| looking at the  HDD, seems to be empty,  Any idea how I can fix this
| problem.   Tried to use system restore but it would not activate,
| Your help is appreciated
| Thanks and Regards
| Bob


If it was a "Recovery" system that is meant to restore a system to a point when
the system
was shipped by the manufacturer and is NOT malware.

--
Dave
Multi-AV Scanning Tool - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp



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Hello, David!

imbdfq02gle@news4.newsguy.com
On Tue, 22 Mar 2011 20:05:13 -0400:

 > If it was a "Recovery" system that is meant to restore a system to a
 > point when the system was shipped by the manufacturer and is NOT malware.

He should be able to safe boot in? yes/no?

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With best regards, gufus.  E-mail: stop.nospam.gbbsg@shaw.ca



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| Hello, David!

| imbdfq02gle@news4.newsguy.com
| On Tue, 22 Mar 2011 20:05:13 -0400:

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| He should be able to safe boot in? yes/no?

No.

--
Dave
Multi-AV Scanning Tool - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp



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Hello, David!

imbot102m8g@news5.newsguy.com
On Tue, 22 Mar 2011 23:20:00 -0400:

 |> He should be able to safe boot in? yes/no?

 > No.

'k
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With best regards, gufus.  E-mail: stop.nospam.gbbsg@shaw.ca



Re: Hard drive seems wiped by virus

Hello, NOSPAMfurness50@hotmail.com!

7IadnT72oJQQqBTQnZ2dnUVZ_s2dnZ2d@westnet.com.au
On Wed, 23 Mar 2011 07:49:35 +0800:


 > Like a idiot I clicked the applet, and now cannot access my hard drive,
 > looking at the  HDD, seems to be empty,  Any idea how I can fix this

I'll take a shot at it, HDD seem's to be empty? Are you able to safe boot
into Windows?

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With best regards, gufus.  E-mail: stop.nospam.gbbsg@shaw.ca



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On Tue, 22 Mar 2011 18:06:26 -0600, "gufus"

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You absolutely cannot beat backing up your entire C: with an imaging
program like Acronis True Image, Macrium Reflect or one of the others
that are available.  TI has saved me so many times over the years that
I consider it to be the best money spent on any program I have ever
bought.

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On Tue, 22 Mar 2011 19:56:25 -0500,
harrye@somewhere.it.where.it.doesn't.suck.net wrote:

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I've been meaning to ask...

Is it better to backup the entire disk sector by sector, including
unallocated sectors? In other words, what are the best settings if I
want to recover from crash or virus/malware?

BTW, I use Acronis.

--

Dennis

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The only time I'd do a time consuming sector by sector backup cloning
a drive is if I were running an encrypted C: drive using a program
such as True Crypt.  I'm no guru, but Acronis' simple full backup
w/succeding incremental backups have always saved me.  It's a heck of
a lot faster, also than cloning.  

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harrye@somewhere.it.where.it.doesn't.suck.net wrote in

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It would be better if it was a portable version of any of those. So it
could be placed on a bootable cd and a true clone take place to an
external drive from the machine you booted the cd from. Now, that would
be nice. If you know of any, please feel free to respond.


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If today was your last day... and tomorrow was too late...
could you say goodbye to yesterday?

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Norton Ghost is very portable, one executable, can be run on a DOS or PE boot
disk.

 

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I've got the latest and greatest v11.5; and it doesn't seem to be
portable. Actually demands I "install" it, then provide a key which it
will use to activate. I'll try copying the ghost folder contents to a
machine tomorrow just to see if it fires up, but I'm suspecting it will
not.


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If today was your last day... and tomorrow was too late...
could you say goodbye to yesterday?

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What is the MD5 of ghost32.exe?

Mine is: B3904F5AEB951F962968C8F13F41ACE7

No installation, no key prompt.

YHM.


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I've got to find the damn cd! LOL. I could have sworn I stuck it on a
shelf.. but can't seem to find the damn thing...

btw, thanks.. :P


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If today was your last day... and tomorrow was too late...
could you say goodbye to yesterday?

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True Image allows you to make bootable rescue media which contains a
complete copy of True Image.
Seems to fulfil what you asked for.
I've used it to clone disks.

Henry



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Dustin wrote:
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Hmmm, please forgive me for responding, but I have used MaxBlast which
is a free version for Seagate/Maxtor drives. It has a sort of DRM thing
going on where it makes sure that you have at least one Seagate or
Maxtor drive involved. It is not the full fledged Acronis disk imaging
program so it might be suitable for a quick backup before rescue
operation - if someone were to defeat or circumvent the DRM it might be
possible to use it on non-Seagate/Maxtor drives too. :o)

I use a 200Gig Maxtor in a USB housing for storing images so I don't
have to concern myself with defeating the 'sort of' DRM thingy.


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Yea.. maxblast, we used it on occasion at the old shop. Won't help me
tho. :)

As for true image rescue cd, the last time I made one, it booted into
linux; and offered to restore an image for me, not allow me to create a
new one... so I'll check back into that.
 
I've got the new ghost, but... kinda iffy on the portability aspect..
Will check into that.


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If today was your last day... and tomorrow was too late...
could you say goodbye to yesterday?

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harrye@somewhere.it.where.it.doesn't.suck.net wrote:
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I agree, disk imaging is the best recovery scheme.

It also pays to have more than one such scheme, and more than one such
copy for each scheme.

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Per harrye@somewhere.it.where.it.doesn't.suck.net:
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+1.. with the additional stipulation that it is well worth the
while to separate "Data" and "System"... "Data" being kept on a
separate physical drive or, at least, a different partition.
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PeteCresswell

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That's the way I've been doing it for years.  This also lessens defrag
time for C:.

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