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Boot sector my boot sector keeps failing ithought it was a virus but it cant be detected the thing also is resistant to formatting i.e. i have to resort to quick format to be able to setup it even froze the bios for sometime i suspect its not all hardware as the technician easily returned the access to the bios bacj again

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  • Sisenor Jan 14, 2008

    cannot delete catroot2 of win32

    tried the renaming and the attributing to no avail

    some of the sugggested solutions are way too long



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You need to do a low level format, goggle low level format there are some free you can download and use, this will clear the drive completely (all data will be lost). this is different than a regular format.

then try it

IF it fails again, the drive is going bad.

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The operating system can not fix it either.

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Fujitsu Amilo Pro V2055. Starts boot, performs RAM check, etc. then displays "cant find operating system". Checked that HDD is ok by reading it using another computer. Tried hard disk utility...

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You might have to reformat the drive sounds like you got a virus in your boot sector on the hard drive.
I hope you backed up everything you needed. when ya get it running again get an external drive and make regular backups of your stuff.Where did it move the files to ? you should have a backup of your system on your harddrive that came with the machine when you bought it ,try to reformat with this sector of the hard drive its called d: backup

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Hello i have installed AVG anti virus n it makes my pc system crash!!!!!!! Just i tried to format my pc but failed it says missing operating system and no longer boot. I assured my BIOS and set Boot CD but...

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Sounds like you'll be getting a replacement hard drive.

Here are some things you can try.
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When disinfecting a boot sector virus, the system should always be booted from a known clean system disk. On a DOS-based PC, a bootable system disk can be created on a clean system running the exact same version of DOS as the infected PC. From a DOS prompt, type:
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If the disk has not been formatted, the use of FORMAT /S will format the disk and transfer the necessary system files. On Windows 3.1x systems, the disk should be created as described above for DOS-based PC's. On Windows 95/98/NT systems, click Start | Settings | Control Panel | Add/Remove Programs and choose the Startup Disk tab. Then click on "Create Disk". Windows 2000 users should insert the Windows 2000 CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, click Start | Run and type the name of the drive followed by bootdisk\makeboot a: and then click OK. For example:
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Once the OS loads, run your anti-virus software and it should clean the virus.

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