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Can't format c: drive

I got a trojan and I initially lost my internet access. I talked to my ISP tech and he suggested Dban. I downloaded that from a good computer and it started to scan but didn't finish because of some administration rights not allowed. So I tried just a format of c: drive and that won't finish either. I'm using XP pro on a Dell Dimension 510.If you need more info let me know. I just want to reformat the drive and clean it with the best available- even if it is just the format. Thanks

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Here's my advice download and run Combofix.exe and then after that go to start menu > run and type "chkdsk /r /f"and press ok. this will schedule to run a harddisk surface check and will fix and recover lost clusters. and yes install a antivirus software like kaspersky.

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  • Ismail Shifau Nov 17, 2008

    and yes if u want to format c: , get a windows xp and boot up with the cd. press enter in the first screen second screen press F8 ,third screen press ESC if it shows up to repair the current OS and then Delete the partition C: and then recreat it. and then press enter over C: to start a fresh installation of the OS.



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