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« on: April 07, 2004, 08:00:17 PM »

PLEASE SUPPLY RELEVANT INFORMATION:
Operating System Version: XP Pro SP1
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Problem Hardware Make & Model: Seagate SATA HD 160G
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Hi Everyone,

I got myself a 160G hard drive, and unfortunately I somehow i got a boot sector virus.  So I cleaned that off by creating a new MBR.  I have my my hard drive partitioned into 30G and 120G.  When I was doing creating the boot record and also run a CHKDSK on the hard drive.  IT gave me a message saying that there were some errors on the partition (120G) so I did the CHKDSK/R command and the next thing is i lost about 19G of space off my hard drive.  Once I installed my OS, the system shows 100G on one partition and 30G on the other one.
C: is 30G
D: 120 (orignally) but 100G now.

Does anyone know if i could recover the lost space?

Any help would be great.
Thanks alot.

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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2004, 11:59:31 PM »

Sijaf:

It is never a good idea to just create new MBRs until you're sure you have rid a hard drive of ALL viruses. The Monkey virus is the prime example of this.  If you try to delete the old MBR and create a new one, the Monkey virus simply hides in the new MBR and then reinfects your system.

Anyways, on to the problem. I would boot from a KNOWN clean set of antivirus emergency disks and scan the drive for viruses. If possible, see if you can even get your hands on something like BartPE, a bootable Windows Cd on which you can install antivirus and other utilities. This will ensure that you are starting with a clean slate, so to speak.

After you're sure the drive is clean, try using something like BLAST to eliminate all partitions, including hidden ones, and then try repartitioning the drive.

Hope this helps.


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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2004, 03:01:11 AM »

Hey,

Thanks for your help.  

I did check for virus before I created new MBR.  Now its fine, i do not have any problems.  

I found the 19G of space that disappeared.  Somehow, there was another primary partition on the hard drive, and thatz where the 19G was.  It was sitting there unallocated and I just gave ita drive letter and now I have all of my 160G's.

Thanks for your help.

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