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  • edd27658 Sep 07, 2008

    trying to get out of ntldr is compressed.i don`t have a disk.trying to use other comand prompt.don`t understand the technical names.


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How to Remove Shortcut Virus on Windows?

Connect the affected USB drive to your computer. When the files on your USB drive have been changed to shortcuts, your files are actually still there in a hidden location. This process will restore the files so that you can see them again.
  • Do not run any of the shortcuts on the USB drive, or you risk spreading the infection.

Determine the drive letter of the USB drive. You'll need to know the drive letter for the USB drive or memory card that has been affected by the virus. The quickest way to find this is to open the "Computer"/"This PC" window. The drive letter for the USB drive will be listed next to the drive label.
  • Press Win+E to open the window on any version of Windows.
  • Click the Folder button in your taskbar to open the window.
  • Click "Computer" in the Start menu if you're using Windows 7 or Vista.
Open the Command Prompt. You'll be performing the fix using a few quick Command Prompt commands. The process for opening the Command Prompt varies depending on the version of Windows you are using:
  • Any version - Press Win+R and type "cmd" to launch the Command Prompt.
  • Windows 8 and newer - Right-click the Windows button and select "Command Prompt."
  • Windows 7 and older - Open the Start menu and select "Command Prompt."


Type .attrib -h -r -s /s /d X:\*.*and press? Enter. Replace Xwith your USB drive's letter. For example, if your USB drive's letter is E, typeattrib -h -r -s /s /d E:\*.* and press ? Enter.[1]
  • This will unhide the files, remove any read-only attributes, and remove the shortcuts.
  • The process may take a while to complete, depending on how much data is on the USB drive.
Open the unnamed folder created on your USB drive. This folder will contain all of the data that was previously hidden by the infection.

26319209-bxzhjmonsmllydp0qa2riq2g-2-20.jpg Copy the recovered data to a safe location on your computer. This is a temporary location while you finish cleaning the drive. You can create a folder on your desktop to hold the files for now. Just drag the files from your USB drive to whichever folder you choose.
  • It may take a while to copy large amounts of data.
Right-click on your drive in "Computer"/"This PC" and select "Format." This will open the Format window.
  • The formatting process will completely erase the drive, so make sure that you've copied your data off of it first.
Uncheck "Quick Format" and click "Start." Unchecking "Quick Format" will scan for and remove the infection on the USB drive. The format process will likely take a while to complete. 26319209-bxzhjmonsmllydp0qa2riq2g-2-44.jpg

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Recover lost and hidden files on usb stick

If your files are hidden due to a viral infection, you can unhide them by going to "Computer" and seeing what drive letter your USB device is connected to. Next open a command prompt [hold down the "windows" key then press 'R'] On the 'RUN' window that appears, type 'cmd'

When the command prompt opens, type the drive letter of your USB drive, i.e H:, J:, G: etc...the command prompt should change to that drive letter. next type

attrib -s -h /s /d

the above command will unhide any files and folders that have been hidden on your drive

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Granddaughter changed password on my computer unable to access anything help

copy d:\utilman.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exeYou can boot from your windows 7 disc and use the system recovery command prompt to change the password:
  1. Put windows 7 disc in computer and reboot
  2. When prompted to press any key to boot from CD/DVD, press a key such as the space bar
  3. Wait for the Install Windows screen to appear, there will be language options, press the "Next" button
  4. There will be an Install Now button and a couple links at the bottom of the window, press the "Repair Your Computer" link
  5. Wait for the "System Recovery Options" window, it will show you which drive windows is installed to (such as C: or D:) under the location column. Remember this letter and press the next button
  6. You will now have a list of options, press the "Command Prompt" link
  7. Assuming the drive letter you saw was D:, type these commands (if it was not D, then change to the letter you saw)
    1. copy d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe d:\
      1. Completion of this command will say 1 File(s) copied
    2. copy d:\windows\system32\cmd.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe
      1. You will be prompted to overwrite, type Y and press enter
  8. Remove your windows 7 disc, close the command prompt window, and press the "Restart" button on the system recovery options screen
  9. Once your computer comes up to the log-in screen, there is a little button in the bottom left corner for ease of access options, press this button and a command prompt window will appear.
  10. In the command prompt type
    1. net user
      1. make note of your user name that is listed
    2. next type "net user" without the quotations followed by your username and whatever password you want.
  11. Close the command prompt window, then log in to your computer

To reverse the changes made to the file when in the windows repair command prompt:
  1. Insert your bootable Windows 7 media.
  2. Click the Next button.
  3. Click the Repair your computer link.
  4. Wait while Windows is found on your hard drive.
  5. Select Windows 7 and then click Next.
  6. Click on Command Prompt.
  7. Type the following command followed by enter
    1. copy d:\utilman.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe
      1. If your drive letter was not d, then replace it with the correct one
      2. you will be prompted to overwrite, press Y and enter
  8. Remove your windows disc, close the command prompt, and press the restart button again

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You do it by format drive:/format then enter Y for yes if prompted. But the best way is to format it from my computer by right clicking on specified drive.

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Help! I have forgotten how to use my external harddrive. No prompts come up when I plug it in.

If it is a PC then sounds as though the drive might be dead - you should see a prompt in the tool bar tray saying new hardware discovered. If you go to "My Computer" and view "Removable Storage" and still do not see the drive then my theory stands - if you do see it then just double click it and you are all set.

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use in comand prompt

format Z:\ /X /FS:FAT

replace Z with ur mem card drive letter

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How can I format my newly bought Seagate 250 GB External Portable Drive into FAT32 system. Are most dvd players now with usb support for divx cannot access external drives that are in NTFS format such as...

You can specify the format type on the option page for format before you press the format button when displaying the drives in "My Computer"

Additionally, you can CONVERT an existing FAT or FAT32 partition to NTFS. Follow the steps below for Windows XP:
  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command Prompt.
  2. At the command prompt, type the following, where drive letter is the drive that you want to convert: convert drive letter: /fs:ntfs For example, type the following command to convert drive E to NTFS: convert e: /fs:ntfsNote If the operating system is on the drive that you are converting, you will be prompted to schedule the task when you restart the computer because the conversion cannot be completed while the operating system is running. When you are prompted, click YES.
  3. When you receive the following message at the command prompt, type the volume label of the drive that you are converting, and then press ENTER: The type of the file system is FAT.
    Enter the current volume label for drive drive letter
  4. When the conversion to NTFS is complete, you receive the following message at the command prompt:Conversion complete
  5. Quit the command prompt.

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Formatting Hard Drive

If you are looking to permanently erase the contents of your main drive you can type the following at the comand prompt:

format c:\

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