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nigerianprince Need advice on bringing a hard drive "back from the dead"
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Im sending this from my usb-hd install of Backtrack 4 as my main install of Win7 is completly unresponsive.. I borrowed it to my younger sister for a few days so she could complete an essay and got it back extremely slow.

Virus scans turned up nothing, refused to update...

So i tried repairing my instal of Bit defender and restarting.. but its been blue screening all day.

tossed in a repair disk, but it doesnt see the hd.

any assistance would be great, I can see the actual hd In Bt4 i just cant mount it.

thanks guys!

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Have you tried Bootrec.exe (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392)?
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I can see it in bios and my portable linux install.
It will boot loop before the windows logo will even have a chance to show thou, and i cant actually mount or access the drive from linux
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Read through the information at the link I posted. You will be booting from a Windows 7 installation disc.

It is also possible you have a corrupt partition table. In that case you will need

the details of your partition table, either recorded or remembered

a partition repair tool

There are a few tools around; one is mentioned here:
http://www.dtidata.com/resourcecenter/2008/01/25/f...

You need to know exactly what you are doing to operate such a tool.
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Anthony Wells RE: Need advice on bringing a hard drive "back from the dead"
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Hi ,

Your unsupervised loan of your computer and it's returning with a slow running system and your not being able to update your security software , including having problems getting to their - and other - websites to reinstall , etc. , with collateral blue screening are classical symptoms associated with malware infections .

You might look for some other expert advice here (or a similar forum you may know of) :-

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/

Let us know your progress .

Anthony

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