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XP invaded my external HD!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by KWifler, Feb 12, 2007.

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  1. KWifler

    KWifler Thread Starter

    Feb 12, 2007

    I purchased a 200gb external USB hard drive (HAMMER) a few years ago.
    It seems that over time Windows XP has been migrating critical files over to it or something. I have been finding strange folders with strange properties. :confused:

    Anyways, the computer boots up just fine when the HD is off, but if the HD is ever turned on and then looses its connection, the computer usually shuts down or restarts itself. :eek:
    If anyone knows exactly what's going on or how to fix this problem, please reply.
    Thanks in advance.


    (PS, if anyone knows an unscheduled/open windowsXP chat room, please send me a message or add it to your reply. I don't care for forums, no offense.
    I had no idea how to search for this problem, if anyone can enlighten me about this as well, it would be appreciated)
  2. KWifler

    KWifler Thread Starter

    Feb 12, 2007
    Feb 12 - Feb 18
  3. Bob Cerelli

    Bob Cerelli

    Nov 2, 2002
    Can you give any details regarding the strange files and what is strange about their properties.
  4. KWifler

    KWifler Thread Starter

    Feb 12, 2007
    Ok, maybe I went a bit overboard with my description. Upon taking a closer look at the files, I can now speculate that they belong to the malicious software removal tool and internet explorer, but I can't say I know how they got there. My Internet Explorer is not installed on the external drive, and I don't know much about the other program.
    There are two folders with random(?) names:

    One folder is named: (possibly for the malicious software removal tool)

    It contains two files:
    mrt.exe._p and mrtstub.exe

    The other folder is named: (possibly for internet explorer)

    It contains a lot of .dll's, a few .exe's, and some .mui's, and some others.

    The exe's are:

    I have also gotten some delayed write errors when the external drive is disconnected. They don't refer to those folders, and they don't refer to anything I recently put on the drive.

    My hope is that there is an option to restrict the external drive from this sort of thing.
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