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Ran Hitman Pro, now OS/harddisk not detected [Solved]


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Sony Vaio Laptop VGN-CR320E
Windows Vista 32-bit

Long story short: will not boot up after running Hitman Pro—it goes straight to 'recovery center'.

It appears that the c: drive is no longer recognized. After closing the "recovery" window, a message states that "OS not detected on the c: drive. Canoot boot into Windows".
I tried "bootrec /fixmbr" and "chkdsk c: \r", neither seems to have made a difference. I took the liberty of running FRST (see attached TXT file).

 

 


Here is a more detailed description:
I do have the recovery discs and OS installation discs. It would be nice to get the computer back to where it was before the scan, but at this point, I am ready to do a complete restore to factory settings.

No operating system is displayed in the "system recovery options" screen. "Startup repair" reports "MissingBootManager" problem signature. "Restore complete system" leads to "task failed with error -1" or something similar. The only thing I did not try is "wipe and erase data". I am willing to try this, although I figured I'd check to see if you all had another option in mind.

I can't get anywhere from the recovery mode menu. No backups are available. "hardware diagnostics" shows that "no error was detected". Attempting to restore the c: drive displays "system drive is too small or may not exist…", then prompts for the system recovery disc. "Rescue Data" leads to "failed to detect the internal hard disk to rescue."

In the BIOS, the hard drive shows up on the main screen (as 320 GB) and in the boot order (Western Digital 3200bpvt).

 

Thank you for your time.

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:welcome:
 
If you ran Fixmbr, chances are you will not be able to restore to factory settings.
 
Please download  Listparts to a flash drive.
 
Note: You need to run the version compatibale with your system. If you are not sure which version applies to your system download both of them and try to run them. Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.
 
Plug the flashdrive into the infected PC.
 
From an Off position in the computer, enter the System Recovery Options.
 
To enter the System Recovery Options from the Advanced Boot Options:
  • Restart the computer.
  • As soon as the BIOS is loaded begin tapping the F8 key until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  • Click on  Repair your computer menu item.
  • Select US as the keyboard language settings, and then click Next.
  • Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.
  • Select your user account and click Next.
 
On the System Recovery Options menu you will get the following options:
 

Startup Repair

System Restore
Windows Complete PC Restore
Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool

Command Prompt

 

  • Select Command Prompt
  • In the command window type in notepad and press Enter.
  • The notepad opens. Under File menu select Open.
  • Select "Computer" and find your flash drive letter and close the notepad.
  • In the command window type e:\ListParts.exe (for x64 bit version type e:\ListParts64.exe)  and press Enter
Note: Replace letter e with the drive letter of your flash drive.
  • The tool will start to run.
  • When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
  • Put check mark on List BCD.
  • Press Scan button.
  • It will make a log (Result.txt) in the flash drive. Please copy and paste it to your reply.

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Thank you for the quick response. Here are the results:

 

 

ListParts by Farbar Version: 17-04-2014
Ran by SYSTEM (administrator) on 01-07-2014 at 00:03:00
Windows Vista (X86)
Running From: F:\20140617
Language: 0409
************************************************************

========================= Memory info ======================

Percentage of memory in use: 14%
Total physical RAM: 2037.81 MB
Available physical RAM: 1739.68 MB
Total Pagefile: 1842.74 MB
Available Pagefile: 1730.64 MB
Total Virtual: 2047.88 MB
Available Virtual: 1996.58 MB

======================= Partitions =========================

2 Drive d: (RECOVERYDISC1) (CDROM) (Total:4.33 GB) (Free:0 GB) CDFS
4 Drive f: (KINGSTON) (Removable) (Total:7.26 GB) (Free:7.12 GB) FAT32
5 Drive x: (Boot) (Fixed) (Total:0.03 GB) (Free:0.03 GB) NTFS

  Disk ###  Status      Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt
  --------  ----------  -------  -------  ---  ---
  Disk 0    Online       298 GB  1337 KB         
  Disk 1    Online      7442 MB      0 B         

Partitions of Disk 0:
===============

  Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset
  -------------  ----------------  -------  -------
  Partition 1    OEM                  8 GB  1024 KB
  Partition 2    Primary            290 GB     8 GB

======================================================================================================

Disk: 0
Partition 1
Type  : 27
Hidden: Yes
Active: No

  Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
  ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
* Volume 3     E                RAW    Partition      8 GB  Healthy    Hidden  

======================================================================================================

Disk: 0
Partition 2
Type  : 07
Hidden: No
Active: No

  Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
  ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
* Volume 1     C                RAW    Partition    290 GB  Healthy            

======================================================================================================

Partitions of Disk 1:
===============

  Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset
  -------------  ----------------  -------  -------
  Partition 1    Primary           7438 MB  4032 KB

======================================================================================================

Disk: 1
Partition 1
Type  : 0C
Hidden: No
Active: Yes

  Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
  ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
* Volume 0     F   KINGSTON     FAT32  Removable   7438 MB  Healthy            

======================================================================================================
============================== MBR Partition Table ==================

==============================
Partitions of Disk 0:
===============
Disk ID: BA75B6C6
Partition 1: (Not Active) - (Size=8 GB) - (Type=27)
Partition 2: (Not Active) - (Size=290 GB) - (Type=07 NTFS)

==============================
Partitions of Disk 1:
===============
Disk ID: C3072E18
Partition 1: (Active) - (Size=7 GB) - (Type=0C)

The boot configuration data store could not be opened.
The requested system device cannot be found.


****** End Of Log ******


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I am sorry to report that the NTFS partitions in your system has become RAW. There is no way to change RAW partitions to NTFS. All partitions in the drive must be removed and the disk formatted. Contact SONY for the Recovery CD's.


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Thank you once again.

 

I do have the Sony recovery CDs—which was the only way I could access the system repair menu or command prompt—although I did not get very far with them. Performing a complete restore only led to error messages. If I am understanding you correctly, I will use DBAN (Darik boot and nuke) to completely wipe the hard drive, then attempt to format the drive using the recovery CDs (or perhaps Hirens or UBCD?), then reinstall Windows.

I will let you know how it turns out.


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:thumbsup:


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After wiping the hard drive, I deleted the partitions and formatted the drive using a Windows Install CD, then proceeded with the installation. Everything is back up and running, so feel free to close this post.

Thanks again for your assistance, JSntgRvr. It is greatly appreciated.

 

 

I still couldn't get anywhere with the Sony recovery discs. Everything loaded up fine (and it gave me access to the command prompt, thank God), but the other options (such as "System Repair", "Restore C Drive", and "Complete PC Restore") still resulted in errors, even after wiping and formatting the drive. I ended up finding an old Windows Vista installation CD from work... although it was for a Dell computer, so hopefully that doesn't come back to haunt me.


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Thanks for the feedback.
 
I recommend AVAST as an antivirus, and Malwarebytes as an antimalware.
 
Here are some suggestions.

  • Always keep your JAVA updated. Older versions will make your computer vulnerable.
  • Windows Updates - It is very important to make sure that both Internet Explorer and Windows are kept current with the latest critical security patches from Microsoft.  To do this just start Internet Explorer and select Tools > Windows Update, and follow the online instructions from there.
  • ERUNT (Emergency Recovery Utility NT) allows you to keep a complete backup of your registry and restore it when needed. The standard registry backup options that come with Windows back up most of the registry but not all of it. ERUNT however creates a complete backup set, including the Security hive and user related sections. ERUNT is easy to use and since it creates a full backup, there are no options or choices other than to select the location of the backup files. The backup set includes a small executable that will launch the registry restore if needed.

To find out more information about how you got infected in the first place and some great guidelines to follow to prevent future infections you can read this article   by Miekiemoes.
 
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Since this issue appears to be resolved ... this Topic has been closed. Glad we could help. :)

If you're the topic starter, and need this topic reopened, please contact a staff member with the address of the thread.

Everyone else please begin a New Topic.
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