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27-Aug-2005, 12:13 PM #1
Virus wiped out hard drive-can i recover
Hi Guys, (new member)

A couple of months ago a virus came and wiped ou my HD, got the blue screen and said couldn't find the drive. So I couldn't re-install XP, could not do anything. Dell came and exchanged the HD.
Now I still have the old one with a LOT of documents on it that I lost. I can't afford to go to have it retrieved with some techie so I'm wondering:
Any ways I can do a virus sweep from DOS? And try to recover my HD? Even if I lose all the data can I recover my HD to use it as a 2nd drive?
thank you,
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27-Aug-2005, 12:19 PM #2
Hi and welcome. Hook it up as a slave drive to your current drive. I would guess though, that if they replaced it, they would have tested it, and it may be a throw away item.
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27-Aug-2005, 12:49 PM #3
Thanks for the response. I only got Dell tech support (live from India) so I don't think they tested it and the guy who installed the new drive simply forgot about it. If it's a slave drive can the virus be transmitted to my new one? afraid of that. And do you have a thread on how to do the slave drive thing?
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27-Aug-2005, 12:59 PM #4
http://wiki.ehow.com/Hook-up-a-Second-Hard-Drive

If you open an infected file from the slave drive, then yes, you could infect your other drive. I'd be sure you have a current updated and running virus program installed prior to clicking on any files
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27-Aug-2005, 01:20 PM #5
did you install somebody's av on the new hd for a little protection?
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27-Aug-2005, 01:21 PM #6
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Originally Posted by calvn
Hi Guys, (new member)

A couple of months ago a virus came and wiped ou my HD, got the blue screen and said couldn't find the drive. So I couldn't re-install XP, could not do anything. Dell came and exchanged the HD.
Now I still have the old one with a LOT of documents on it that I lost. I can't afford to go to have it retrieved with some techie so I'm wondering:
Any ways I can do a virus sweep from DOS? And try to recover my HD? Even if I lose all the data can I recover my HD to use it as a 2nd drive?
thank you,
did you install somebody's av on the new hd for a little protection?
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27-Aug-2005, 08:55 PM #7
On the new one I have Norton 2005, spysweeper, counterspy, nod32, adware, spybot. I think that's enough..... and zonealarm firewall
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27-Aug-2005, 08:57 PM #8
Now the problem is that on the old one I still had Norton 2004, spybot and adaware and Zonealarm too, and this thing cut thru them like butter
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