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amvo virus damaged external hard drive

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My computer (a dell dimension 8200 with xp pro) became infected with viruses, including the amvo.exe virus. I cleaned my computer with updated norton anti-virus and I also found a special program made specifically to kill the amvo virus (because Norton couldn't help with that one). It's my understanding that the amvo virus spreads thru autorun. Everytime you connect a drive, auto run immediately spreads the virus. As a result it infected every drive I had conected to my computer (internal, external & portible usb pen) It also infected another computer that I had hooked one of the same external drives to. I cleaned that computer and even reinstalled windows in the initial infected computer (three times!!!). However, I can no longer access my LaCie 2tg external drive. I disabled auto run to stop the amvo virus that I am sure is in the LaCie 2tg drive from reinfecting my now clean computers. But I can't clean the virus out of the LaCie 2tg because I cant get either of my computers to recognize it anymore. I am sure this is not a driver issue. I believe the virus damaged the LaCie somehow and is now preventing my computers from recognizing it. The drive is spinning and I am sure it is functioning properly (i.e. not clicking or othwise physically damaged). Previously, I couldn't get other 1tg drives I own to be properly recognized until they were cleaned with the amvo removal tool. Now they are fine. The problem is how do I clean and/or repair the LaCie 2tg drive. It doesn't show up anywhere in computer management. The drive itself seems to try and respond when hooked to my computer (i.e. it blinks like it knows its been connected). But, then nothing happens and I can't find any traces of my computer actually recognizing it. I pulled the drive out of the LaCie case and tried attaching it through my sata card (as two seperate 1tg drives). When I started the computer it saw 2 1tg drives, but only as a brand new drive in need of formatting. I thought about trying to reformat it and to try recover my data with my copy of file scavenger, but I really don't know what to do and I dont want to make my situation worse. Please advise.

Edited by playserious, 06 March 2009 - 08:49 PM.

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