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Hi,

I was trying to attack my problem as a malware problem but I was referred to this forum to see if the problem is perhaps hardware related. The following is the link from the Malware forum:

http://www.geekstogo...ts-t236410.html

I will be looking forward to assitance in resolving this problem.

Thank you.

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I pretty much went through your thread at malware forum, but what's unclear, is your current situation.
I've noticed, you successfully got data off of your backup drive, but what's the situation with your main drive?
What's on it and what kind of solution are you looking for at this point?
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Hi,

I would like to try to fix this still. I have a few files to get off the old data drive and feel that I can accomplish that. Then I want to see if this installation can be fixed enough to perhaps then copy everything from the Operating System drive to a new drive and go on. There is a lot of software on there that I still need to use that would be hard to install into a new installation because of needing to re-buy the usage. Bad deal there for me. There is lots of great software installed on that computer and boy do I miss using it.

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Let's start with Windows repair: http://www.geekstogo...ws-XP-t138.html
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I was under the impression that if you do a repair that you have to reinstall all of the software. Is that correct? In the posts under the referenced link above it says:

"You'll also have to reinstall any software, but other data on your drive will not be affected."

My problems arise if I have to reinstall all of the software.

Karen

Edited by RiverMiss, 04 January 2010 - 07:48 PM.

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That's true.
We don't have too many options here.

Go Start>Run ("Start Search" in Vista), type in:
sfc /scannow
Click OK (hold CTRL, and SHIFT, hit Enter in Vista).
Have Windows CD/DVD handy (with Vista, most likely, you won't need it).
If System File Checker (sfc) will find any errors, it may ask you for the CD/DVD (rarely in Vista case).
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Dear Broni,

I want to try to do everything possible that will not require re-installing the software first.

I do not have start available - only Task Manager.

If I have to re-install everything I will put in a new hard drive to which I have purchased. If I can get this to work at all and clone the drive to the new drive that would be the absolute best.

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In Task Manager, click on "New task", type in sfc /scannow and click OK.
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Jun 7 2009, 09:31 AM Post #21


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Dear Broni,

I ran the sfc on June 7 from looking back over the previous posts and the sfc did not change anything.

How can we figure out if this is hard drive problems versus ram problems?

Thanks,

Karen
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To me, it's corrupted Windows installation, but, if you wish....

Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech....ay.cfm?ttid=287
Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.
Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.
If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.

NOTE. If your hard drive is made by Toshiba, unfortunately, you're out of luck, because Toshiba doesn't provide any diagnostic tool.
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Hi Broni,

I ran the Dell disk diagnostics That come up prior to booting and the disk checked ok come to think of it. Do you think those are good enough?

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In my opinion, only manufacturer test will give you peace of mind.
Still, I suspect, your drive is fine.
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HI Broni,

What makes you think it's: "it's corrupted Windows installation"?

And has anyone you know used Powersuite by Spotmau?

Thanks,

Karen
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What makes you think it's: "it's corrupted Windows installation"?

Simply because we tried almost everything else.
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It sounds like you want data from the main drive and also want to repair the drive.

Booting from a linux CD that runs in memory from the CD will allow you to recover the data. We generally use Puppy 2.16.1 seamonkeys full drivers iso

After that it is looking like a corrupted OS and a repair is necessary.
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