Virus has converted hard drive to raw format, need info off it.
Hi, a virus has converted the drive to raw format, it doesnt boot as windows is corrupt and needs reinstalled, but only option it allows is to format the drive,
i have tried to take the hard drive out and put it in another machine but says cant access as its a raw drive,
i have used recovery software to retrieve some information, but is there a way i can convert the drive from raw back to ntfs or fat 32?
as i know the drive is fine as its been tested with no problems.
the information is really important any suggestions
Re: Virus has converted hard drive to raw format, need...
Hello, have you tried to open your PC antivirus software to remove the possible viruses off from this external hard disk at first? In fact, in case of worse virus-infection issues, it is always necessary to get rid of the hard disk viruses or threats completely. And then, connect this computer to your PC and see whether your drive files are still recoverable.
As with RAW format external drive, you can directly apply some RAW file system drive recovery software to take chances.
Here is the guidance for you to go on: External hard disk RAW file system recovery
Prepare the hard disk data backups on other hard disks well.
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first off you have a choice you can either run virus scan to attempt to remove it from with in safe mode
format the HDD assuming it isn't your primary OS drive
or reinstall the whole OS
we will start with safe mode
so whilst the pc is still in start up (POST) rapidly press f8
this will take you through to a start up menu choose safe mode at the top.
once booted up log in and run antivirus software such as bitdefender/avast/avg and others. I recommend avast (personal preference) if nothing Is found look for more in depth for a better anti virus program.
formatting will technically remove a virus from a HDD but if you format your OS your screwed and it is unlikely that a virus will install itself to your second drive so ignore this. (don't even attempt to format)
this is a last resort if you cant solve it.
borrow or create a live cd/dvd/usb OS boot the computer into this and then install the OS if you are using windows, use your recovery disk that no one makes and if you didn't make one contact your laptop/PC manufacturer as they should have one for a fee
Hi there,your external hard disk may be infected by virus.Firstly,remove the virus with anti-virus software in your computer.Then you can recover your files from hard disk with third party data recovery software.I have succeed to recover files from hard disk with Tenorshare data recovery.It can recover data after deeply scanning your hard disk to look for lost data. By the way,you can download a trial version and scan your hard disk for free to preview whether your files can be recovered. http://www.any-data-recovery.com/index.htm
The problem is that XPinstallation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on adisk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then,XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP.
Go into the BIOS anddisable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is aIDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows hasbeen installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver),then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.
Try to boot from your OS cd or recovery disc. Run the disk check software and see if your hard disk is mechanically ok or it crashed. If your hard disk is mechanically functional then run virus check on your hard disk. This will clean all the virus infections. And you will be alright hopefully.
If your hard disk's boot sector is damaged you may want to format the hard disk and place the boot sector in another portion of hard drive.
I suggest booting from a bootable cdrom disk, instead of a floppy disk, USB drive, etc. Everything except the cdrom can quite easily become infected with a virus just by plugging it into the computer. You MUST create the bootable cdrom from a KNOWN clean computer! If you try to create one from the infected system, you can almost be assured you will only create an infected cdrom!
If you don't have a way of creating a bootable cdrom, try booting your system from your Windows installation cd / dvd. Do a complete format before the install and then SHUT DOWN the computer! Do NOT just reboot and continue with the installation of the OS. Viruses are "memory resident" in that they load themselves up into RAM when the computer boots and will remain there until the machine does a complete shut down. I recommend you shutdown (i.e., turn off the computer) and restart the machine a couple of times AFTER doing the format to be assured that the virus is eradicated.
Once you are satisfied the virus no longer exists, you can go ahead with a new install of the OS. The FIRST thing to do before loading ANY of your personal files back onto the computer is to install a virus scanning software -- and make sure it is active and the virus pattern files are current. After scanning the hard drive for problems and finding none, can you go ahead with the installation / restore of your personal files.
Chances are pretty good that the reason the computer runs OK for a couple of days and then the virus reappears is that a file you have installed or copied over from your backup is infected. Each time you launch the program / file, the virus gets installed and the cycle starts again.
If you can go to Avira.com and download there repair disk,you can put it on a disk or flash drive, it will run before windows starts(dos), you force the lap to boot from the disk. If this is a virus Avira will kill it. Avira is the 2nd top anti-virus on planet, there free edition is better than AVG, Avg is 21 out of the top 20 anti-virus.
Yes, if you reinstall windows and delete the drive,install to (C) new raw and format, it will be gone, but a lot of work when you don't need to.
First, you should know your pen drive is infected with a virus. You
can't usually repair it, you'lll just have to format it, and I'm
getting to that.
Now, Before you format the pen drive, you might want to preserve some files in the drive?
Instead of trying to view the pen drive by double clicking or right
click=>open TYPE the ASSOCIATED DRIVE LETTER at the RUN DIALOG BOX
If your pen drive is assigned to drive E:
Type "E:" (without quotes) and hit enter.
It should open.
Now you will probably see some weired .exe file, probably named
fun.exe. That's the virus. You just cant delete it. BUT you can copy
the rest of the imprtant files to your hard drive.
type "cmd" (without qoutes) and hit enter
type "format/x E:" (without qoutes and mind your spellings and spacing.
REPLACE "E:" with the associated drive letter of the pen drive)
Hope my info fixes your problem, Thanx for using fixya.