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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Hi Virus or Trojans can run some process that keeps running in background. This not only harms the computer, but also prevents the pen drive from formatting as it shows that the drive is in use. Remove and re-insert the pen drive, don't double click on drive and cancel autorun operations if it starts automatically. Run a virus scan on pen drive, this will help fix the issue. Now format the pen drive.
You don't have to replace the hard drive if it still works. You can reformat it by doing a clean install of windows. It's relatively easy. Just go to your cmos, tell your computer to boot from cd, put your windows cd in your drive. Boot to the windows install cd and follow the instructions and answer the questions on the screen. Good luck and let me know if you need anything else.
Im sorry to tell you that with this info or most likely any info you can give cant be dealt with here...to many possibility's and things for you to have to do....check the local paper for cheap computer tech...geek squad will prob...be $100 so...but you might try putting in you Operating System disk and re boot and follow the text...using the repair feature.... remember "FORMAT" means gone forever
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.