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Hard drive wiped out

A virus of some sort got into my system, It wiped out almost everything. I tried reinstalling my xp pro but it would not work. Kept crashing. I finally used killdisk and completely wiped the hard drive. However, the installation program still won't install. Most of the drivers won't load and after skipping a large number of them the system crashes. I suspect there's still a virus in there somewhere either in memory or something with the boot. I boot from the DVD. There's nothing left in the hard drive as far as I can tell.

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May be your hard drive has a bad sector.

Posted on Dec 10, 2008


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Heeeelp, ok no sales pitch for me, i run a small home business and need to get up and running again...I received a pop-up yesterday saying I needed to fix a virus-threat and malware, I kept saying no and...


if you can...completely wipe out your hard drive and reinstall windows. if you need the stuff off of your hard drive...take it to a small local computer business and they will do that for you for cheap. sometimes you will save yourself a whole lot of time and heartache if you just completely reinstall windows and wieout your hard drive and write over it again. AVG or Avira is a free virus software program that has never allowed a virus on my computer.

if you ever get a message that ask you to run a virus scan without your initiating it then don't...there are so many of those damn scams. Good Luck.

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Boot off the XP pro cd. When it asks for which partition you want to install onto, select your main partition and press 'D' to delete the current partition, then follow the prompts to create a new partition in its place. It will no longer complain about previous versions being installed.

WARNING: this will wipe all the data off your PC.

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If you use the recovery disc provided by the manufacturer, it will re-install OS, drivers also the pre-installed softwares which comes along when youget a new computer. make sure u backup the data first. The recover disc is like a ghost or image copy. This should work. Everything would be loaded in the recovery disc.

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If you chose delete partition, ensure that you have saved your data, this will delete all data and format the hard drive to install your new system.

It is the est way to get rid of viruses, bue it will delete everything from hard disk.
If you chose delete partition, chose create new partition afterward, and then format. That is the way it works.

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I have windows xp media center. my computer has been infected with some kind of virus. i have tried to reinstall my os but apparently the recovery partition is also infected and it will not let me...


You will need a bootable antivirus solution to clean the viruses off of the machine if it's that bad, or at least that is the easiest way I know of.

Look, here is the real deal, your PC when booted to the hard drive into windows OS has what are called OS protected files. That means that even the best scanner will not remove it totally from the machine while booted in Windows OS.

When you use a bootable AV solution it runs the OS from the CD, then when you are scanning the drive for those little nasties, it can be remove, because the OS on the drive is not protecting them.

However be aware when using this method, that any files can and will be removed!!! The way I look at it, if it's a virus I don't want it on my hard drive! period! Then once the virus is removed format and reinstall the OS. Sorry to hear about your Recovery Partition!

There are ways to make these yourself, but if you don't know what your doing, relax Bart has you covered!

Check that out, that should fix you up. Yeah I know this is not a free solution, but one I know will work!

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Hey you posted this earlier i need help!PLEASE!


If you want to reinstall Windows XP from scratch, try this link, it will give you the step by step guide on how to do it.

Note : If you reinstall Windows XP, You will lose you data.

http://lifehacker.com/software/windows/geek-to-live-how-to-format-your-hard-drive-and-install-windows-xp-from-scratch-157578.php

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Virus attacked pc. I wiped the hard drive then turned the computer off before formatting,STUPID now it won't pick up the XP Pro disk to install it what have I done and how do I fix it? please help


Power the system on, the press f12 for the 1 time boot menu, see if you can boot to the XO CD that way.

If no go, change boot sequence in BIOS to the optical drive 1st, save and reboot.

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you may have to reinstall the operating system......the files may be corrupted or a bad virus is inside.....ttry your antivirus scan and see what results it brings about

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