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Securely wiped my C drive by accident

Q: Securely wiped my C drive by accident

I used a program called disk wipe to delete my sd card but it ended up selecting my main drive instead. I had selected the sd card drive but it said cannot format fat32 and kicked me back to the drive selection window and automatically selected my C drive. I thought the sd card drive was still selected but apparently not. I highly do not recommend this program.

Now the disk wipe program says wipe complete. I can still use my computer and it looks like nothing from the C drive was wiped. If I reboot the laptop, will the data get wiped? I am afraid of turning it off or putting it to sleep.

A: Securely wiped my C drive by accident

If I reboot the laptop, will the data get wiped? I am afraid of turning it off or putting it to sleep.

Usually the final step of such programs takes place after the program is closed and the computer restarted or after clicking a button Apply as in the case of partitioning programs.

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Hey Guys,

I have a netbook which I want to recycle however it has been used for business purposes and I want to properly format the drive. The issue I have is that it does not have a CD drive nor does it have a working screen. I have connected the hard drive to external display and manually deleted all files from the computer but I know this is not really 'deleting' anything.

How can I format the drive from within Windows? Unfortunately I cannot get bios to display on the external display so I can not do anything from DOS or Bios simply because I can't see anything!

My latest attempt has been to use Active KillDisk to create a bootable USB however this is when I ran into the issue of the Bios and DOS not displaying, it will only display once windows has been loaded.

Any ideas?

A:Solved: Help needed to securely format hard drive - no screen or CD drive

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Not sure where to put this but I need to send a hard drive back to Western Digital and was wondering if programs like Paragon's Wipe disk which uses DoD 5220-2M algorithm to wipe info renders the dive inactive?

In short will using a software secure wipe program render the HD inoperative, which is something I'm not tying to do.


BTW I don't really need anything elaborate as the info on the drive isn't that secret, but just enough that someone has to work to recover the info if they were nosey enough to do so.


A:Securely wipping a hard drive

No. It wont render it inoperable, but DoD is perhaps overkill. Is the drive attached a a secondary drive in the computer? If so you could run this...far simpler and just as secure:

Cipher Command - Overwrite Deleted Data in Windows

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I'm thinking of selling my laptop soon and was wondering what the best way to completly shred all of my data on the hard drive?


A:securely wipe and clean hard drive

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Lenovo is replacing my failing hd under warranty and I need to return the defective hd. I have deleted my current personal files using spybot's secure shredder and then the freerase utility when some files proved too large for the spybot's shredder.

I have summit's hard disk scrubber installed and plan to run it tonight to clear the free space using the heavy scrub overwrite [3-stage pattern 0s,1s and random]. I had a hard time getting the drive to boot last time, but if it will boot again tomorrow I'd like to turn off hibernation, reboot and then rerun the scrubber. That would scrub the hibernation file, wouldn't it? I also plan to set pagefile to clear at shutdown. If I'm able to run the scrubber tomorrow after a reboot, it would also be in the free space and get the heavy overwrite, correct?

If the drive is still running I was then going to run Darik's Boot And Nuke from a boot cd using the interactive mode so I could skip the hidden service partition and just wipe the main partition. I'm hoping it won't take days and days to run. The thinkpad x41 tablet's hd is infamous for its slowness.

The only other hd wipe freeware utility I found was killdisk - the freeware version only does a single pass of 0s but it might be quicker.

Are there some temp folders or caches whose files I ought to shred before shutting down the hd in case it totally dies before I can use DB&N?

Is there a boot utility that overwrites by folders so I c... Read more

A:How best to securely erase thinkpad hard drive

I am thinking that you can just run the DBAN quick mode, it does not take that long and it should deal with the entire drive. Is there any particular reason you don't want to trash the hidden partition?

Also Lenovo does not go through all your personal data, so you should be ok with just a quick wipe.

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I believe I have malware infections on my PC - I have another topic going in the relevant area, meanwhile, as a fall back I'm preparing to reformat and reinstall.

I have 2 internal drives, both 300GB, and 2 External drives

I understand the process to reinstall, and I'm a little paranoid that a standad format instruction may leave residue data, I'd like to be able to wipe and rewipe several times to make sure nothing survives.
Does anyone know of an application or technique I can use here please, or have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance

A:How Do I Securely Wipe Hard Drive Prior To Vista Reinstall

This free program will wipe your drives clean: follow the instructions there and you'll get rid of everything.But, for most virus infections it's not necessary to go to these lengths - a simple format will kill most everything.

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If I want to completely and securely wipe my hard drive so that there is nothing recoverable left, will a clean win 10 install with formatting do this?

Or do I need to first use killdisk or something similar to wipe the drive, then install windows?

if I use a tool like that, will I still be able to install windows 10 by creating a bootable USB? or will my USB drivers be gone, and if so, how should I do this?

Sorry I'm sure this has been discussed before, but I tried searching for a guide on this process and all I'm getting are the basic instructions on a clean install which don't exactly answer these questions.

A:Will a clean install securely wipe the entire hard drive?

You would need to use killdisk as I believe Windows Installer only uses quick format during installation to cut down the install time.

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I'm planning to sell my old laptop after I transfer my files to a new one. Then I would like to sell the old laptop. I want to make sure though that none of the old data is accessible or "un-deletable" by hackers and the like. I also want to make sure I wipe the old laptop correctly so that it still functions.

I have all my original installation and driver disks, so is there any recommendations on how to go about this?

I ask because I'm not sure if the usual reformatting/clean install of windows will completely get rid of old data on the computer.

A:Easiest way to securely wipe hard drive and reformat laptop for resale

You're absolutely correct in thinking that. You can use a utility like KillDisk ([email protected] Kill Disk Hard Drive Eraser. Low Level Format.). Essentially, it will eliminate everything on the hard disk and replace it with zeros in each sector. They have both a Windows and DOS (Bootable) utility. One run should deter most hackers but if you want added security, you can run through it three times or to the US Department of Defense standard where they will consider it unrecoverable, which is seven times.

After that, you can use your recovery media to reinstall the OS and its applications and updates and what not.

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Hi all, I am new here so nice to meet you.
I have annoying problem. I was reinstalling xp and I created a new partition (not very familiar with what this means), and so now my c drive has changed its name to e. I have been to windows website none of the processes work (disk management ect), the computer just wont let me either delete the new partition or change the names of the drives. I know this is touchy buisness so I dont want to proceed until I know what I am doing.
Any help would be much appreciated.

A:Changed C drive's name to E by accident

Personally, I'd find it much easier to figure out what's going on here if I could see what Disk Manager says. You don't seem to have a very good grasp on disk terminology, so if you could take a screenshot of a fully expanded Disk Manager, (right click My Computer, select manage, on the right side of the screen choose disk management) then I can get back to you with much more specific advice.

Edit: To take a Screen shot, press print screen on your keyboard, and then paste into an image program such as paint. Save the resulting file, and then upload it to a site such as photobucket which will host the image for you for free. (You have to sign up for a free account first.) After uploading to an image hosting site, the site will provide you with several links that you can use to post the image here on this forum.

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I have done something really stupid... was having mouse problems when I was trying to do something in the sims folder and Accidently deleted the folder from the c:drive.....I was able to undo the delete but NOW I cant uninstall the game to reinstall it.... I tried to do a run on it and restore the system to an earlier point but it wont let me restore far enough back ... So now I have no Idea what to do .. I've tried everything I know to do..... I was trying to fix the problem with Items not showing up in the game... because i did what you sujested in the post but it didnt work ,,,, HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A:deleted sims from c:drive by accident

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Hey all, somehow my 1TB hard drive was wiped out and I've lost 930GB worth of files from the past 8 years. I don't have any backups (stupid me). My hard drive contains lots of family vacation photos and videos, old school projects I'll need in the future, and loads of other really important stuff. Here's what happened.

-This hard drive (lets call it Drive A) was Truecrypt encrypted. It contains all of my files.

- I had to send back my SSD (that contained my operating system) for warranty. No big deal, I simply wiped that out and mailed it back.

- I had a spare 500GB hard drive (lets call it Drive B) that I decided to install my operating system on. I launched the Windows 7 installer, clicked on the few partitions this drive had, and hit "delete" to wipe them out. I clicked on the unallocated space, and installed the operating system on it.

- When I went to boot my computer, it worked fine. I went to mount Drive A, when it gave me an error; "Cannot mount volume. The host file/device is already in use." I checked in Disk Management, and saw that the drive appeared to be completely empty (apart from about 100MB). I used a 3rd party file explorer to see that the drive contained a bunch of weird files like "$upcase", "$badclus", "$boot", and dozens of other files all being named something with "bootmgr" in the name. This made me become extremely concerned.

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A:Hard drive appears wiped after installing Windows 7 to another drive

Danny I don't know if I can help but lets see if we can get a little more information.
It is possible that you did wipe the hard drive with your saved things if you had that hard drive hooked up when you installed Windows 7.

It's also possible the information is still there but you are no longer able to decrypt it or get access to the encrypted drive.

Post one of these so other members can see what is what.
Please use this method to do so.

BY Golden:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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[size="5"]Hey there folks this is what had happened yesterday. I have a user on a Fat Client at our shop he got the 2010 Anti-Virus. I was able to take it out by running the Kill.exe and then Malware bytes. There was no need for the Combo Fix, but here's the thing. After the Virus was gone I ran a full check on our computer and everything came back good. So as soon as I went into Excel or any other exe. file it would not allow me to run anything: It would prompt me to choose from a file on the list like notepad, media on and so on. I looked up some information on it, and what I kept seeing was that the virus or the program that I ran messed up the registery some how. I guess what I need to know is, is this something that can be set back up manually or is a program need to be ran and if a program neeeds to be ran how can I when it won't allow anything to run? Also when this happens is it that same thing in regedit that gets messed up everytime because I've seen this happen 3 times now? Thanks.

A:Had a 2010 Virus wiped and wiped it out, now I'm unable to use any .exe files. that and exe association will be restored.

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I used fdisk to reformat my C drive without realising that it didn't support NTFS, so instead it wiped my completely separate D drive containing all my data files. It must have tried for the nearest drive that was FAT32

Is there ANY remote chance of retrieving the files or have I not a cat in hell's chance?

Any advice greatly appreciated

A:Wiped My Drive

You could try some data recovering software to see if you see can salvage any of those files that were on the formatted drive. I'm not really familiar with any software that does this, maybe other readers are and can recommend you a program to use. But if you want that data back, you can dish out money for software and cross your fingers and hope it works. Here is one piece of software I came across, only thing is, it costs money, I don't know if you can get any decent programs that are free to do the trick.

good luck.

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As the heading says I wiped my Operating Drive on my desktop. And created a fresh Windows 7 and other software. I am having problems with one program. I had it on the previous OP before I wiped it. Although I had a little problem connecting last time. The software worked great, the software is Vantage Point from Magellan, I have checked on the drivers (located at C:\Program Files\Magellan Drivers) in Device manager and the Properties say ?this device is working properly?. Also I have uninstalled and installed the drivers again. When I open Vantage Point on my desktop and connect my Triton 1500 GPS by USB I get the Plug and play tone of connecting but a few seconds later I get the unplug tone. What is the best way to check the Windows side of my problem? I have messed with Windows software for the past 15-20 years ( and I mean really messed , that?s why I have my Operating System on one drive and save everything on a portable drive, I really mess them up. But I can tell one thing Windows 7 is the best. What I like about XP I could stick the disk in and I could run it to repair XP. Any ideas for my problem? Thanks Funnnyfarm

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Something must of hung up in my desktop. I called Magellan support and they virtually had me do the same things I tried but for one thing. They had me plug the USB in to the back ,on the motherboard and it still did not connect. But after hanging up the phone from them I plunged it to the front again and the darn thing connected this time. I guess I was not holding my tongue at the right angle. Thanks for the help funnnyfarm

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I wiped my hard drive because I am selling my laptop so I downloaded Windows 10 onto a USB to load on after and now that I wiped my hard drive it just loads a blank screen with a flashing "_". I hit enter to interrupt the loading process to try and go to the USB thats plugged in to load the OS but it says bad gateway. I have a Lenovo ThinkPad E531 if that helps.

Please help!



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A friend of mine called me for help. He booted up his computer this morning and got a message saying (operatingsystem not found!!) I knew from him that he downloaded something from a site called (Lime Wire) think it's some free sharing site :S well!! I don't what he got but he got it!! next morning nothing was there!! I tried to boot it in the evening and I got no error... just a black screen.

I took his PC and my main goal was to get his data back. I hooked up the HDD to a USB-to-IDE. It made a lot of funny noises mainly spinning the disks but no clicking and clanging. It hardly got read by a vista OS. but there was nothing there! absolutly nothing. I opened computer > manage > storage and it showed me that both partitions in the HDD are healthy but a 100% free space for both. I think the HDD is fried and I have to get a new HDD but the main issue is to get the data Back. I tried to plug the HDD to another XP machine this time. made the funny noises again, it was recognized for a second but then it failed to read it.

I know the things he downloaded might have caused the issue but I'm curious to know what exactly might have happened to zip all every single bit of it!

The second thing, is there anyway I can get the data back? I heard "Final Data" is a good program to retrieve lost data but I've never used it before. Can anyone advice if this is a good software or if there is a better recommendation before I go out and purchase it?

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A:Wiped hard drive!!

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My windows wasnt booting up so i reinstalled windows and basicly wiped my hard drive now the comp works but evrything is gone. drivers internet connection and pretty much everything. Can someone give me step by step help re set these things up and get my comp working again please

A:Hard drive wiped out?

To get your drivers back all you need to do is go to whatever site manufactured your computer. Dell, Toshiba, Hp, etc...

When you go to the site search around for the link on drivers. Then you'll have a list that comes up with all the computer made by that manufacturer and you find yours then it should simply lead you to your drivers.

Example mine is a Dell E510 so i search on the drivers list click that and then it will pull up my drivers.

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I seem to have wiped my flash drive. Not sure how.

The used space is still the same, it says I have 4GB of data, but half the root folders on it have been wiped completely of data.

I believe this sort of thing happens when you remove the drive too early, but I am always very careful about that. It may be because I used the drive for the first time with W7 yesterday, and when I clicked remove, it said OK but the light on the flash drive was still on (doesnt do that on XP). I presume it didn't actually say OK...

Any ideas on how to recover data? I've had a quick google around and am using a demo of something atm (didnt find anything), but I would like to know if there are any recommended programs.

I've used Recuva too, but that didnt find anything.

A:Wiped Flash Drive

Update - the lost files appear to be in two hidden folders and have been renamed into .CHK files. I am trying to find a program that fixes this, but none have worked so far.

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Hello,i accidently wiped my hard drive with my OS on and i wanted to format my external drive instead of that one.I now don't have a OS on my  laptop.I can't do it myself because they never provided me with a serial number/key for windows 8.

A:Wiped OS off hard drive

Hello @BenMills6? Not sure I understand you correctly.Are you saying you want to replace the existing SATA drive in the computer by taking another SATA drive from an external case and putting it in the PC? If so, that would work.I assume you have upgraded to Windows 8.1 from 8 already, correct? If so, the word out now is that you can clean install 8.1 without installing 8 first. If asked for a key at the beginning of the install, choose Skip. It will register with the MS servers after completion, when you update the system and it will use the embedded key info from the bios. You can grab the drivers directly from HP here...HP Software and Driver Downloads for HP Printers, Laptops, Desktops and More | HP Customer Support You sill need to create the installer with this...Create media Windows 8.1 If it doesnt work, you would have to contact HP Support directly for the recovery media.Contact HP Worldwide | HP Official Site Let me know what happens.

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I've got a SanDisk MiniCruzer flash (thumb) drive that I've
been using to transfer files from one computer to another.

Last nite I had created a new file on the drive, in Excel,
and got interrupted while writing to the file. I left the
file open on the computer.

An hour later I came back to it, the file was still open,
so I continued to write to the file. When I tried to
save it, it wouldn't let me, and asked if I wanted to
format the flash drive. Knowing that would wipe it
out, I said no.

I tried "removing" the drive the proper way, and
restarted the computer. Still couldn't save
anything to it and every time I tried it asked if
I wanted to reformat the drive, I kept saying no.

I tried the drive in my other computer this AM,
it opens the drive but all the files are gone!

It seems to have started with me leaving the file
in the drive open for an extended period.

Any ideas on what went wrong, or did I do something
wrong, or can I do anything to recover my files?


A:Flash Drive Wiped Itself!???

Using a flash device, files are stored in RAM, then are sync'd in the device after some time.
If you disconnect it manually, without syncing the device first, you will erase all you files, since they are still in the RAM but not physically on the device itself.

You can try recovery software like recover4all and getdataback.

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I have a bad habit of using tabs to open multiple results with search engines, well I got it, right between the eyes.

Within a matter of 15-20 seconds Zone Alarm, Spy Bot, and Avira lit up like a pinball machine banging a Christmas tree. First thing I do is disconnect my Ethernet cable, but it was too late. Spybot alerts me from the task bar that the task manager is being disabled, then I see several new icons in the task bar, one of them is e.exe and another 123456.exe. Since I'm unable to load process explorer or the task manager I try to open my documents in a panic.. Well all my files are gone, likewise for my programs. Now I start receiving alerts that the hd has had a critical failure and needs to shutdown. When I try to reboot in safe mode I can't, and there's a clicking noise but it doesn't sound like it's coming from the hd.

To make a long story short I couldn't repair XP and had to format the drive, luckily I had backed up all my files less than 24 hours before. With a fresh install of XP and all my files, programs, and antivirus software reinstalled I can only guess what happened.

Can anyone here attempt to tell me what might of hit my PC? I will post the HJ logs if necessary but none of the anivirus progs I've run have detected anything, and I'm running a rootkit scan with GMER right now.

Thank you.

A:Virus wiped my drive?

Hello it would appear you had a form of an IRCBot developed by a Rootkit.Hence it was best to reformat Rootkits, backdoor Trojans, Botnets, and IRC Bots are very dangerous because they compromise system integrity by making changes that allow it to by used by the attacker for malicious purposes. Rootkits are used by Trojans to conceal its presence (hide from view) in order to prevent detection of an attacker's software and make removal more difficult. Many rootkits can hook into the Windows 32-bit kernel, and patch several APIs to hide new registry keys and files they install. They can disable your anti-virus and security tools to prevent detection and removal. Remote attackers use backdoors as a means of accessing and taking control of a computer that bypasses security mechanisms. This type of exploit allows them to steal sensitive information like passwords, personal and financial data which is send back to the hacker. To learn more about these types of infections, you can refer to:What danger is presented by rootkits?Rootkits and how to combat themr00tkit Analysis: What Is A RootkitIf your computer was used for online banking, has credit card information or other sensitive data on it, you should disconnect from the Internet until your system is cleaned. All passwords should be changed immediately to include those used for banking, email, eBay, paypal and online forums. You should consider them to be compromised and change each password using a clean computer, not the in... Read more

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I think the hard drive on my Toshiba Satellite L355D-S7825 is gone. When I reboot it, it says No bootable device-insert boot disk and press any key. So I put the recovery disk in and tried all the things that came up and it looks like there is no hard drive. I know nothing about computers obviously so I was hoping someone could tell me what I have to do. It would be SO appreciated.

A:Please help! Hard drive has been wiped out!

and welcome to the Forum

You can run diagnostics on the hard drive by downloading the diagnostic tool for the hard drive brand and making a bootable disc.

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

See this for how to make a bootable cd:

How to Burn a Bootable ISO File

If the drive has failed, you will have to replace it and reinstall the operating system and all applications

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Hello all, Some of you may have noticed from my previous post s that my wife has accidentally wiped my C drive.
She was attempting a system restore to factory defaults useing the win CD that shipped with the pc.
Trouble is she did this outside of Windows environment i.e.
powered th pc down.
Inserted said disc in the drive.
Powered up pc.
Changed boot order to boot from CD.

Followed on-screen instructions to do the reinstall / factory reset.
The C partition was wiped ,new files loaded.
Then the pc crashed with a message Bootmgr missing press , Ctl Alt Del to race start.
No no joy, pc just loops round this sequence.
I now know it would have been better to attempt. All .this from within the Windows environment by.t hay ho you live and learn.
So I now have an unbootable pc.
I do have a recent Windows back up on my external hd
Would now like to clean install / recover many Windows 7 Home Premium ,if that's possible.
But first,as Windows has apparently wiped me out I would like to know how to interrogate my hard drive
confirm what damage has been done and if it can be recovered.

Thank s all for any help you can give me

A:C drive wiped accidentally

How did you create the backup you have on the external hard drive?
What program did you use?

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Had an error message pop up, "not authenitcate boot image" after Windows installed an update. Prior to finding the helpful thread I had taken the laptop to a computer repair shop, that was  3 weeks ago. (Had only attempted to hard reboot twice prior to taking it to repair shop.) Left laptop with specific instructions to diagnose and call. Told shop if it could not be repaired for $100 to do nothing. Returned a week later to find that "tech guy" had diagnosed Corrupt OS. Told guy to bring it back and I'd pick it up and pay the diagnosis fee.  Returned on the day of pick up was told laptop had not been brought back as it had to be re-assembled. The hard drive had not been put back in yet. Asked why hard drive was removed, was told it was the only way to repair it. (I know better) Told guy that I'd be back the next day to pick it up. Again not ready. I picked it up the following week. Diagnosis fee was waived. Was told it should have the same error screen as when it was delivered. Tech software was still up, ran through the diagnosis and no issues, got into BIOS, everything but CD rom disabled. Found your suggestions, followed same but  no help. Laptop appears to be empty. Did these guys wipe my drive in anticipation of repairing what they didn't have to?

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Please please help,
I turned my laptop on yesterday and it said a windows file was corrupt or lost and I needed to re install that file.
I found my windows disc and reloaded the software in doing so it appears to have completely removed all the data on my C drive, the D drive has remained intact with all files and folders still there.
Is there any way I can find the documents I have lost. I don't mind about about the software it's my word documents I need (fortunately all my photos and music was on the D Drive!)
Please help
Thanks in advance

A:Help Hard Drive Wiped

Did you use a Recovery Disc, which would take your computer back to factory settings? Or did you format reinstall Windows? If you used a Windows XP disc, it would search for previous versions of Windows and ask if you want to overwrite your previous install or you can install to a different directory. If you used a Recovery Disc, or Reinstalled Windows then you have lost all your files. You can try Recuva Recovery, but the OS has probably over written your files.

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I wiped my hard drive because I am selling my laptop so I downloaded Windows 10 onto a USB to load on after and now that I wiped my hard drive it just loads a blank screen with a flashing "_". I hit enter to interrupt the loading process to try and go to the USB thats plugged in to load the OS but it says bad gateway. I have a Lenovo ThinkPad E531 if that helps.

Please help!



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I seem to have wiped my operating system from my old laptop. it is windows vista. when i start the pc up it says it cannot detect the operating system or it is missing is there any way to fix this without a recovery disc?

A:Wiped Hard drive

and welcome to the Forum

Did you wipe the drive or are you just getting that message? I would run diagnostics on the hard drive by downloading the diagnostic tool for the hard drive brand and making a bootable disc.

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

See this for how to make a bootable cd:

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Hi, a family member has a corrupted windows, he does not have a recovery disk and the recovery partiton is corrupted aswell. Is there a way I can purchase windows vista without buying a new product key? I can still use the product key that is on the side of the case.

A:Hard drive wiped.

If you are going to purchase a copy of the OS, why wouldn't you want the product key that it comes with?

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Greetings, I need help trying to recover some files on my pc.

I had an XP installation working fine on a single hd setup with about 25 gb free space.
I tried partitioning the drive (c to free up that empty space so that I could install Windows 7 on it, (i guess its called dual boot?)

I used a free partition manager program from, it went through the setup and had to restart the pc and continue from dos to finish. That's where it went to hell.
I could not boot the drive again, due to a NTLDR file missing error.

I tried some recommendations on using the XP install CD. The cd can't find any windows installs. The recovery console, FIXBOOT didn't work. BOOTCFG recommended I use CHKDSK to look for errors and fix them-I didn't find any.

FIXMBR says I have invalid MBR, so I had it write a new one.

Now my current normal boot results in :

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

I also tried the recommendations on to no avail.

The only thing I care about right now is a couple of important folders on that drive that I would like to recover. So I connected the drive to another PC and attempted to use Easus partition tools to recover. Nothing.

Any Ideas?

A:C Drive Wiped due to bad partition?

try this to recover your files: Computer First Aid Using Knoppix

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hello all i need help
my son has wiped his hard drive from his pc and i havent got a clue how to get it up and running again. all that happens when we start it up is it goes onto a screen with the cmos settings and bios settings on and i havent got any installation cds as i bought pre-used i have heard from some people that you can reboot xp with floppy disc set
but from others that you need additional programs any ideas anyone
thanks mick

A:hard drive wiped

If he formatted the drive then you need an installation disk. The floppy disk set would be if the os was damaged and you needed to recover it, but it sounds like this isn't the case.

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A work collegue gave his new HP Vista laptop to a so called "expert " in an effort to speed up boot times....although the laptop is now much faster regretably he has lost everything including irreplaceble photos and some documents. No he did NOT have a back up!

Please can any body suggest a reputable company or person that could possibly restore these momentoes?

Thanks for your interest.


A:Wiped hard drive

Sorry to hear of that particular type of problem. You might try writing Symantec and asking if they have a program that will help recover the files, one that comes with a free trial period perhaps. They used to be very good at this (beginning with the Norton Utilities) but with all the changes in operating systems, I'm not sure how it is being handled these days. Please post back if you find good tools for this. Good luck!

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I am trying to fix my granddaughters computer. A Pavillion 21.  On startup it goes to blue window. "Hard disk error" Please run Hard disk test in System Diagnostics. When I do it tells me nothing is installed. They may have deleted the partition? Is there anyway to fix this myself?

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Hi, I bought a Dell B130 laptop with a wiped hard-drive, and I am trying to install XP Pro. When I install the XP cd nothing happens. All the screen says is; 'No boot sector on internal hard drive' then it beeps twice and this comes up, 'No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility' Of course I did the F1 and F2 with no success. F2 works but I don't know what to do with the information given.

I'm trying to load it for my daughter's b-day gift. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

A:Trying to install XP on a wiped hard-drive.

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I was having some problem with one of my boot drives. It was Windows 7 and it needed to be replaced.

Anyway an unrelated storage drive that was connected to my PC that had two partitions on it was taken out and was put back in. When it was put it back in it showed up in the bios but not in the OS.

I examined it closer discovered it was showing up in the device manager. It was also showing up in Administrative Tools, Computer management, Storage Devices. But it was show up as "unallocated"

Does this mean my drive was wiped clean or is there some tool I can use to say restore a bad partition that might help me?

I had the drive separated into two partitions. I don't know what I did to it to make it act this way but I obviously did something.

Is there a particular product I can download or need to buy that can help me that is better than others?

Thanks for your help.

A:I don't know if my hard drive is wiped or if it just has a bad partition.

"unallocated" means there are no partitions in that space (or on that drive if the whole drive shows as unallocated).
TestDisk may be able to recover the partitions that it used to show:

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The system is a friends, a Presario SR1250NX, and she had it all screwed up: somehow had 3 different OS installed, hidden partitions, etc. I wiped the contents of a hidden partition with Acronis Disk Director, then merged everything to have just one "C" drive. Next I formatted it (NTFS) and installed XP Pro, and now it won't boot. After a Compaq splash screen, it comes up black with a blinking cursor and just sits there.

Only by going back in with Acronis, can I use an Explore function, which shows windows was installed. Without that software, you can't get anywhere, other than to BIOS settings.

I'm thinking it's missing some key drivers or something, as the version of Pro I installed is what's called "a streamlined Corporate Edition..." Note: I just did the same process, with the same software, on my Sony Laptop 2 wks ago and it went off without a hitch -- although I did have all my drivers backed up, ready to install.

So, what to do? Sugestions appreciated, and applause to the winner! LOL! Thanks - Mike

A:Wiped Drive, Installed Xp Pro, And Now It Won't Boot Up.

Can you get into Safe Mode? If not, I would try to reinstall again.

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i wiped my pb eastnote TE (didnt really know what i was doing) i was restoring it to factory settings, i thought id just have put in my usb and it would reinstall everything for me, but it hasnt.. ive no idea what to do, error mes im getting it ;there was a problem while resetting your pc, all im getting is a blue screen, but the options they are giving me are not working

thanks for looking

A:help, wiped my hard drive and cant reinstall from my usb

It would help if you explained exactly what you did, and what kind of USB media you have.

For instance, when you say "I wiped", what exactly did you do? And is the USB a Recovery Drive that had the Factory Image on it, or something else?

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Hi all,

I have a strange problem in that when I insert a pen drive (USB key/USB flash drive) into my Sony Vaio Laptop the files are deleted from it. I suspect this may be some kind of virus, but I have scanned with Symantec, using the latest definitions, and various anti-spyware programmes but even if things are found and removed the problem persists. So I wonder if it is some kind of bug within Windows.

First of all the drive is recognised, then sometimes I get a message saying the drive can't be recognised, or is corrupted or can't be accessed, and then a few seconds later everything is deletd. If I plug it into another computer, all of the files are gone. I have tried this with a number of pen drives.

I haven't changed anything recently so I really don't know where to begin. Naturally it is frustrating because people are giving me pen drives with files on and my computer is deleting all of them. I am running XP home.

If anybody could offer any suggestions I would be very grateful.

All the best,


A:Files on pen drive being wiped - strange

Hello,someone may have other idesa but lets clean the Flash drive.Please download Flash_Disinfector.exe by sUBs and save it to your desktop.Double-click Flash_Disinfector.exe to run it and follow any prompts that may appear.The utility may ask you to insert your flash drive and/or other removable drives. Please do so and allow the utility to clean up those drives as well.Hold down the Shift key when inserting the drive until Windows detects it to keep autorun.inf from executing if it is present.Wait until it has finished scanning and then exit the program.Reboot your computer when done.Note: As part of its routine, Flash_Disinfector will create a hidden folder named autorun.inf in each partition and every USB drive that was plugged in when you ran it. Do not delete this will help protect your drives from future infection by keeping the autorun file from being installed on the root drive and running other malicious files.

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I wanted a new laptop but I can't afford one right now, so, I figured the next best thing to a new computer was to just wipe the hard drive clean and reload the software that came with it and bingo, just like it was fresh out of the box 4 years ago. Unfortunately, I'm not a computer expert and I must have missed an important step somewhere along the line. I have a 4-year old Dell laptop that was running really slow and was just loaded with too many programs, etc. And, I think it was infected with someone because Outlook kept crashing and loosing my data.

Here's what I did after I backed up my documents and pictures:

1. Downloaded Disk Kill, burned the CD and ran it (probably my first mistake) : )

2. Popped in my Reinstallation DVD with the OS on it that came with the computer. So far everything is running smoothly.
I had the desktop back everything fine and looking good except the display and fonts looked kinda off and blurry.

3. This is where I think I goofed. I popped in the "Drivers and Utilities" reinstallation DVD and loaded it to the same
partition of the disk where I had just installed the OS. Was I suppose to create a separate partition for the drivers?

Before I cleaned the HD, it looked like this:

* DellUtility(1)
* Primary Unknown (2)
* Dell Restore (2)
* Unallocated

Now I just have a large "C" hard drive (100,000) with a small unallocated of about 14,000.
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A:Wiped hard drive and reinstalled OS now nothing...

System model?

Did you read your owner's manual...before embarking on your adventure?


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When I opened IE tonight it seemed to go directly to a spam/virus site, so I closed the window. Then an icon with an "x" in a red circle appeared on my Desktop. I tried to open my Trend Micro program to check it out but then a Disk Restore window popped up and started scanning my computer. It came up with 14 errors and listed many of them as critical. I was not sure if this was legit or part of a virus so I rebooted my computer. Now the hard drive appears to be wiped out. There are no icons on my Desktop, but my wallpaper is still there and I did a search for IE and that's how I reached this forum.

The only thing I've done lately that is 'unusual' is I tried to remote into my work PC from home yesterday. It seemed to work so I closed out. When I sat down tonight, there was a message saying there was a network porblem with Citrex. But I don't know if that has anything to do with it.

Please help.


A:Virus? Wiped Out My Hard Drive?

Hello and welcomePlease follow our Removal Guide here Remove Data Restore (Uninstall Guide) .After reading how the malware is misleading you ...You will move to the Automated Removal InstructionsAfter you completed that, post your scan log here,let me know how things are.The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.

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I used the White canyon wipe software to wipe a 2tb hard drive. It wiped everything including the drivers for the drive. Now my system will not recognize the drive at all. I tried to install windows 7 and was told that it could not install the partition and the install was aborted. I understand that the drive needs drivers to work but where do I get bootable drivers to install? Then how do I install them if my system won't recognize the drive? Can anyone help me?

A:Wiped hdd now computer will not recognize the drive

If you want to install OS to that drive, remove all other drives and only keep CD/DVD and that 2TB drive.
Then go into BIOS, and change SATA operation mode to AHCI. Try again.

Also see Windows 7 Installation Failure - Overcome

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A:Restore O/S to wiped hard drive.

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I had to reinstall xp on my laptop and now my wireless lan wont work. Is there a way to reactivate it?

A:Wiped my C drive cant get wireless internet

We need some more info. What are the specs? What is the OS? Did you re-install from a manufacturers recovery cd? IS the wireless adapter built in or external?

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I just recently wiped the hard drive and reinstalled xp home. The first time I did it we got everything up and running and before we had adequate virus protection we were just flooded with viruses so decided that we had nothing to lose in wiping the hard drive again and reinstalling xp.

This time once we had done it the computer was considerably slower and now is just incredibly slower. When we start up the computer the icons don't load up right away it takes a minute for them to come up or the screen will load then go black and then load up again. When we were downloading the Windows XP service pack 2 it took forever to download and the last time we did that it took no time at all. I have no idea why this is happening. All we have done since wiping the hardrive is download AVG Anti-virus and Spyware, Comodo firewall, Mozilla Firefox and drivers from for the video card. The only websites we have been on is this one, the one previously mentioned, google, the AVG website and we downloaded the windows updates fore the windows site.

Have we done something wrong could we have a virus that the programs haven't picked up? Is there something that can be done to speed this thing up?


A:Wiped hard drive now having other problems...

Welcome to TSG....

Might be that you will have to install the special drivers for the computer like the chipset, buss, network, audio, video and some others. They can be found in one of the following places

The special driver disk that usually arrives with thie recovery disk set

From the manufacturer of the copmputer

From the manufacturer of the motherboard.

Start downloading them and burn to a CD-R and install as they were typed above.

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Hello a couple days ago i lent my pc to a friend.. He got me a virus all my shorcuts got deleted everything was messend up programs didnt open it took ages to do anything. So i decided to wipe my hard drive i used HD shredder (DBAN did not work) now when i turn on the laptop it puts this
Intel UNDI, PXE-2.0 (build 083)
Copyright (C) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation
For Qualcomm Atheros PCIE Ethernet Controller v2.1.1.5(03/15/13)
CLIENT MAC ADDR:44 8A 5B F0 A2 0D GUID: 00000000-0000-0000-0000-448A5BF0A20D
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM
Reboot and select proper boot device
or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key

I a pretty new laptop by MSI

A:Trying to install windows 8 on a wiped hard drive.

do you have windows install disk? does computer have a dvd drive?

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I have bought a new Laptop - Dell Inspiron 5520 . It had Windows 8 64-bit. I want, at best, to install Windows XP, if that's possible. However, I have a feeling that I've made a stupid mistake somewhere without doing the necessary research.
I have wiped the hard drive by using Copywipe from the Ultimate Boot CD that I have. Now I have no Operating System. Here's the situation:
I have a Windows XP Pro (Service Pack 3) ISO that I have made bootable using a small program called WBICreator.
I also have the extracted files as a backup.
I have PowerISO - but my bootable ISO doesn' work even on VirtualBox - it always says that "it cannot load BootMgr" so maybe I'm not using PowerISO properly, I guess.
When I attempt to boot the wiped hard drive, it says "No Boot Device found. Press any key to reboot the machine"...
Please guide me in installing this operating system on my laptop and ask me what details I should provide so that you can help me easily.

A:Installing Windows XP Pro (SP3) on wiped hard drive

Dell drivers for system, .
I see no XP drivers.
To install a different O/S on that would require a different license also, since your license only applies to the Win 8 preinstalled O/S.

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I just recently used Kill Disk to wipe clean my 80 GB Hitachi hard drive on my Dell Optiplex 755 computer. I am now trying to reload Windows XP Pro but am not having very good luck. After a couple of minutes of downloading I receive the following error message: ?Stop. 0x0000007B (0XF78DA63C, 0xC0000034, 0X00000000, 0x00000000)?. I have tried reloading several times but keep receiving this same message. Should I have reformatted the hard drive after wiping it clean with Kill Disk before trying to reload Windows Xp? If so what program could I use that would boot itself from a CD /DVD drive so I could carry out the reformatting?
Thank You

A:Wiped Hard Drive....Can't reload Windows XP

After a couple of minutes of downloading I receive the following error message: "Stop. 0x0000007B (0XF78DA63C, 0xC0000034, 0X00000000, 0x00000000)".What are you downloading and from where?The Stop error is for an inaccessible boot device.Do you have the installation disk for this operating system? Should I have reformatted the hard drive after wiping it clean with Kill Disk before trying to reload Windows Xp? If so what program could I use that would boot itself from a CD /DVD drive so I could carry out the reformatting?If you are installing the operating system from the installation disk partitioning and formatting the hdd is part of the installation, in that order.

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I recently had my hard drive wiped, (don't worry all files were stored on an external)
I figured this was a chance for a fresh start i will raise multiple questions in this thread but i shall start with this one :

From experience how affective is Avast! antivirus?

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Still here waiting for any reply ...

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Hello all. I have a dell laptop that was just infested with viruses, and decided to completely wipe the hard drive and reinstall windows xp pro. It was home but I decided to upgrade. Now I wiped the computer clean, but it crashes everytime I put in the Windows XP Pro cd, it gives me the pci.sys - address f85480bf base at f8541000 error and I can't figure out how to get past it. Any help would be greatly appreciated

A:Wiped hard drive, can't reinstall windows!

Hello & welcome to TSF ,

first i need some info

what program did you use to wipe the hard drive ??

how old is this laptop ?

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I recently had a major problem with my pc and ended up having to use the reload cd that came with my pc, restoring the pc to "out of the box" condition.
As I was unable to access any of my saved files before doing this I assumed I had lost them
I then found out that there was a possibility that I might be able to retrieve some of my files and downloaded a trial version of R-Studio.
As a complete pc novice I am totally baffled by the jargon relating to file retrieval. I have scanned my hard drive using R-Studio and it would appear that many of my lost files are still on the hard drive. Does anyone know how I actually go about retrieving them and is there an easy way of getting back one type of file, eg JPEGs without having to sift through the thousands of files there appear to be.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks,

A:Retrieving files from wiped hard drive

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I've been trying to downgrade from Vista to XP on a Sony Vaio, VGN-NR385E/W. When I began this process I would get the message that "Windows cannot find a hard drive". I tried a boot and nuke after I couldnt' find the right driver to change to IDE. Now I can't install XP or Vista. Desperately need help/advice on the installation process!

A:Installing XP on Wiped Hard Drive, formerly Vista.

and welcome to the Forum

You are likely trying to install on a SATA drive . . Vista has SATA drivers, XP Does not.

With XP, there is an additional step:

Some BIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the bios and check the "Sata Operation" setting, change it to "Raid Autodetect/ATA if it is not already. Now try to install XP

Have you confirmed that you can find XP drivers for that pc?

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I completely wiped and reformatted my hard drive on a gateway desktop that is running win xp. I had to manually install drivers for sound and such but I am totally stumped as to why i cant get an internet connection. I run this comp of a cable modem through Time Warner Road Runner. I have tried everything short of getting on the phone and being left on hold forever. Any ideas out there?

A:wiped hard drive cant connect to the internet

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Hi Guys, (new member)

A couple of months ago a virus came and wiped ou my HD, got the blue screen and said couldn't find the drive. So I couldn't re-install XP, could not do anything. Dell came and exchanged the HD.
Now I still have the old one with a LOT of documents on it that I lost. I can't afford to go to have it retrieved with some techie so I'm wondering:
Any ways I can do a virus sweep from DOS? And try to recover my HD? Even if I lose all the data can I recover my HD to use it as a 2nd drive?
thank you,

A:Virus wiped out hard drive-can i recover

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A few months ago, i bought a new Seagate Barracuda 40gb hard drive, and installed xp on it. I copied over all my old files, and it was working great. I got a virus, and it refused to start up, so I reloaded Windows. All my files were still there, and it worked great. I forgot to restore my internet security for 2 days, because i didn't even realize it had been erased until then. I got another virus, so i tried to do the same thing. the windows xp cd refused to acknowledge the existence of both the hard drive and the actual cd i was booting from. so i hooked up my old hard drive as master and the newer one as a slave, and the old hard drive with win98 also refuses to acknowledge the existence of the newer hard drive, even though i've checked twice and its hooked up perfectly. can someone help me with this? because i'm missing some important files on the newer hard drive, and i want to retrieve them.

A:infected/possibly wiped hard drive

Hi and Welcome to TSF

It sounds as if you didnt format the drive and only did a repair install which would explain why all your files were still intact.
Are you not using an anti-virus program?

Does the BIOS reconize the drive?

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I wiped the hard drive of one of my old desktops. I reinstalled xp and it said everything was successful. I cannot create an intenet connection. I am just plugging it directly into the modem/router. I still cannot create one. I check device manager and i have 5 yellow "?"s. I cannot update any drivers without internet. This is the first time I have reinstalled xp, without help. I guess I didn't remember everything. Please help!!!


A:[SOLVED] XP reinstall on wiped hard drive

Hi dfields78 and welcome to TSF !

This is a forum not a chat and as such it's not unusual to wait 24h or more before getting an answer. You waited exactly 15 minutes before sending me a PM... you're new so I'll be lenient but please refrain from doing so in the future. If you feel one of your threads has been overlooked reply with the word bump after 48 hours. I hope you haven't sent this PM to other staff members...

You need to reinstall the network drivers, in most cases they'll be on the motherboard CD. If you don't have the motherboard CD then without an internet connection you'll have to use another computer to download them and copy them to your computer with a CD or external drive.

What's the brand and model of your computer ? If it's a custom build then what are your complete system specs (check the "posting system specs" link in my sig). All drivers will be available from the manufacturer's website.

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I have a Sandisk 32GB flash drive with some important documents on it. Upon plugging it into my laptop just now it I have the horror of finding it completely empty Has it somehow been formatted? And what are my chances of recovering any information off it? And how would I go about this? The documents have been deleted off the other computer.

A:Sandisk 32GB Flash drive wiped

Before you unplugged that USB thumb drive from the other computer, did you open its window and confirm the documents had been copied to it?

Did you use the "safely remove hardware" function before unplugging that USB thumb drive?

If you copied those documents to that USB thumb drive and then deleted them from the computer, that was a bad decision because you had no second backup copy to fall back on.

A USB thumb drive also isn't a reliable backup media source like an external USB hard drive and CD-R's/DVD-R's are.


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I bought a wiped hard drive for my Samsung With windows 7.where is the best place to get a operating system disk .also can I change it to windows 8.

A:I bought a wiped hard drive for my Samsung.

IMO skip 8 and go to 10 or stay with 7, you will be better off in the long run.  Wasting $ on 8 does not make sense when you can redo you 7 free as long as you have a valid COA sticker or jump to 10 and use the $ a little more wisely.

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I used to DBAN the other day the wipe my hard drive, completely forgetting that I needed a driver for it before I can install Windows. But I'm not particularly sure if I need the original driver, or if I can just use another program to partition the drive. I'm currently in the process of trying to get GParted to run on my bootable Linux (which is proving to be a real problem) so I wanted to know if it's even worth wasting my time if it's not what needs to be done. What's the best way to get a hard drive back into working order?

A:Wiped the hard drive, now I'm kinda stuck

Your question is vague and leaves open many assumptions. Let's try to clarify what you are asking...

Is this drive you wiped the main drive in your computer?!? Windows Xp and newer allows partitioning during the windows install process, so gparted may not be needed.
Why do you need Gparted?? Gparted should boot if you have a bootable linux disk with the application on it. Simply make sure the CD rom is the first in the boot order and it should boot to the disk.
The best way to get a drive back in working order is the format it. I recommend NTFS if it's windows, HFS+ if it's a Mac, and let linux partition however it wants to - different flavors of linux will partition & format as they see fit.

if you need a drive to install windows, generally the manufacturer has the necessary drivers on their web site to download to a floppy or a usb key & then during the install of windows it will prompt you to put in the "3rd party RAID or Controller drivers"

Hope this helps, please reply so we can help you out further.

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I urgently need help with my pc whose hard drive 'appears' to have been wiped. I know virtually nothing about computers' inner workings so please be patient with me. My gut instinct tells me that this is a trojan which is pretending that my hard drive is wiped (mcafee detected and quarantined one shortly before the system crashed) - I have tried system restore and it claims that some of the critical issues cannot be fixed and is trying to get me to pay for a better version of the programme. I don't even know where to start in resolving this? I did read a similar post in which the issue seemed to have been resolved so thought it worth posting. Many thanks in advance.

A:Trojan detected - Hard Drive Wiped!

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If necessary, download and run the tools in Safe Mode with Networking: Restart your computer.
After hearing your computer beep once during startup, but before the Windows icon appears, start pressing the F8 key.
In some systems, this may be the F5 key.
Instead of Windows loading as normal, a menu should appear.
Use the up arrow key to highlight Safe Mode with Networking and press 'Enter'.
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i'm having this very strange problem with my brothers laptop.

it's a dell latitude, 1 year old.

his laptop suddenly crashed and when the laptop booted it said: "no boot sector on internal hard drive"
i tried repairing the boot sector with the windows repair function, but the hard drive is just empty... nothing to repair.

then i tried to boot off a ubuntu live cd. which worked. and showed me an empty hard drive with the_maximum_capacity_of_the_drive_GB of unallocated space.

since that i reinstalled windows 7 two times, and stopped working after an hour or so. i installed ubuntu, which worked for several days. then i tried windows 7 again (clean install).

and then i kept working on the laptop for a couple of hours until the "crash" happened. all the programs stopped working suddenly. when i opened anything i was shown this error:

illegal operation attempted on a registry key that has been marked for deletion

after that everything is lost if i turn the computer off. and i'm back at an empty unformatted hard drive.

it's really weird. i changed the sata operation mode in the bios to different options before every installation of windows.

didn't try xp, because i don't have dell-xp cd's .
has anybody encountered anything similar to this? is the hard drive broken? i guess not because ubuntu works. and windows 7 also, but it just goes away suddenly...

here's a video (shot in portraitmode) of the event...

http://dl.dr... Read more

A:weird error and then wiped hard drive

Run a Dell diagnostic to make sure all the hardware is functioning properly; but by the sounds of it you may be looking at a failing HDD.

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i got an old pc, with a 20gb ide drive (wd200eb). the drive has been binary wiped and now i want to install a new os. in the process of doing so, windows setup said it could not install on this drive. i then took a hard drive out of another computer and connected it with the wd200eb the pc was able to boot from it. then when i went into my computer, the wd200eb was not visible. i went into disk management, hoping to format it, but it was not there, but it is visible in device manager. what is the problem??


A:Binary Wiped Hard Drive Not Visible

The boot sectors are probably corrupted. Try regularly formatting it as an external drive. Then reformat it and reinstall the OS as an internal drive.

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I followed the directions from Gateway about creating recovery CDs before wiping the hard drive. Unfortunately some thing did not work. I now have NO drivers and keep getting an error at Windows start up.

Windows error: it is asking me to select operating system to start and give me "Windows XP Media Center Edition" (list this twice).

Drivers: I've gone to Gateway (on another computer) and tried to download to a cd the modem driver so I can access the internet and Internet Explorer. I keep trying to install the modem driver and Internet Explorer with no luc

System and other info:
Windows XP Professional
version 5.1.2600, Service Pack 3 build 2600
System: Gateway
Model: MX6453
System Type: x86-based PC

Please help!


A:Help - wiped hard drive, problem with recovery disks

You should wipe the drive with killdisk, do a google. I suspect that
remnants of the old os are still on the hdd. The drive is dirty....

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Hi all, I am a newbie to the forum and believe I am in the right forum.
I truly need your help on this one.
My computer is a sony vaio I refurbished 5 years ago. I use primarily for my business (QB's) and gaming and internet. Nothing has ever happened to my computer, ever. I have Verizon and chose fiber optics, along with Verizon security and firewall. I do not use Outlook and view my email online at
A few months ago, this pesky pop-up (AIM (AOL) security message)relentlesly showed up every few minutes and I clicked it off. Just pesky and I could never seem to get rid of it and never opened it up; and my computer never showed signs of intervention.
Last night my 12 and 13 year old boys were checking out MY Space (for kids) and shut down the computer.
This morning when I started my computer, the Welcome to Sony page appeared. When I tried to start in Safe mode, the computer wanted a disk in the A/drive. ?????
I then proceeded without enabling the drive and it wanted to begin as though I had just purchased the computer and took me through the entire set-up process. Nothing is there. All my files are gone. All my programs have been deleted. What is going on and what happened? Can that virus do this? Or did someone hit a few buttons that made my system go back to "System Recovery"? Can anyone shed some light on what happened?
I truly appreciate your feedback.

A:Security challenge for me...hard drive wiped clean

This information won't help you, other than to confirm your findings. My daughter was at a relatives house & using myspace last week and their hard drive was completely wiped clean, same as what you experienced.

Yesterday she was on my computer - again, on myspace, and my hard drive was totally wiped. I lost EVERYTHING. 2 hard drives in 2 weeks, both after visiting myspace.

Anyone know anything about what is going on? Can I repartition this drive & use it, or is there a virus that will still reside on the drive & I should just junk it? We need help!

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Hey everyone, I'm curious if any of you can help me with an issue I am dealing with. So earlier today my laptop was working perfectly, I was using it to do a PowerPoint presentation for my class. After it was done, I closed it and did not open until I got home later to work on homework. Except when I opened it, everything was gone. It looked like it was restored to factory setting, but had a plain black background.

So naturally I restarted my computer in hopes that would fix the problem, but it didn't. I am very worried cause I have a lot of music, files, and sentimental photos I do not want to lose. I do have a back up disc, but it's from 2011 so it does not have most of the files that i need back.

I am sorry for the lack of information, but I ain't that knowledgeable in computers. So if anyone can help and tell me what the possible reasons this happened and ways to fix it would be great!

Thanks everyone and if you need any questions answered, I'll try to ask them the best that I can.

A:Laptop hard drive wiped clean randomly

First off have you tried to boot up in Safe Mode?
Start your computer in safe mode - Microsoft Windows Help

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I am helping my neighbor who is very much a newbie to the computer world. They called me because their computer won't boot up. I went over to look and found that the computer couldn't find a version of Windows to boot to. I looked a little deeper and saw that the hard drive appears to be practically empty. I'd like some help understanding what in the world happened? Was it a virus? Here are some more details...

The hard drive partitions remain. It still has the FACTORY_IMAGE partition which appears to be unaffected by whatever happened. Also, the 100MB partition that Windows 7 creates was there as well. However, the main parition where Windows (and all their files) used to sit is practically empty. It only has 3 folders:

1. [(^_^)]
2. ProgramData
a. Recovery
3. RMTemp

In folders 1 and 2a, there are two files:

1. RecoveryMgrDump.txt
2. RecoveryMgrDumpNew.txt

Folder 3 is empty. Everything else that used to be in this partition, such as Windows 7, Users, Program Files, etc. is all gone.

Has anyone out there seen this before? Does anyone know what would have caused this to happen? I've certainly never seen a virus do anything like this before, but I wouldn't be surprised. I'd be happy to post the contents of the txt files if it helps. Any help or insight would be appreciated!

A:Hard Drive Wiped, Left Behind a Folder Named: [(^_^)]

Whats in the contents of the 2 text files?

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Hi. My computer's picked up a trojan virus. I had one about a year ago and people were very helpful about it on here. But this one seems to be a lot more disruptive and i'm not sure how many helpful details i'm going to be able to give you. At the moment, i can't even run a scan on the system or provide any error logs as the whole hard drive seems to have been wiped out by something claiming to be 'windows xp recovery', who want to charge me a premium for them to 'fix' the problem. Except i'm pretty sure everything's still there really as when i tried to run a scan - which eventually got disrupted - it was still going through all my normal files. I can only guess this virus has essentially hidden my real hard drive and want money to bring it back, under the guise of 'fixing' a problem it has in fact created? It reminds me of the mob asking for protection money! Anyway, like i say, the information i can give you is scant, but the error messages are telling me- there's a problem with the 'ide/sata hard disks', that there's a 'bad sector on the hard drive which may cause data corruption and loss, hard drive inaccessability, system errors and failures' and that 'windows was unable to save the file \\system32\\496a8300'. I have combofix installed from the last time this happened, but it looks empty! I'm not sure i can get onto the web to download anything. And i can boot up windows recovery mode, but not sure what best to do with it. Does anyone have any advice, or is it time to i... Read more

A:Trojan virus 'appears' to have wiped out whole hard drive

The malware help forum is here: Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help - Tech Support Forum

Copy the text from your above post and paste it into a new post on the above forum.

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I'm working on a Gateway LX 6810-01 and he completley reformatted his hard drive. He ordered some factory discs to restore to factory settings but when it loads it up it just hangs.

I made a vista 64 recovery disc and it loads up.. When it does it asks for the Dvd/cd Rom driver.

The device is a HL - DT - ST DVDRAM GH15F SCSI Cdrom Device

It lets me serach for it and flash drive is an option and I have one handy, however I can't just find the driver I need and put it on this flash drive for the computer I'm working on.

What can I do to get this going?

A:Vista 64 bit recovery disc on a wiped hard drive.

it should load it from the dvd, i have looked only but can't find a driver for yeah sorry.

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I just got a wiped clean hard drive. How do I down load windows vista on the hard drive?

A:wiped clean hard drive (moved from Programming)

and welcome to the Forum

Start the pc with the Vista installation DVD in the DVD drive and follow the prompts

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Yesterday I went to make a new partition on my hard drive because i was going to put ubuntu on it but the program crashed before it was done. I forgot about it and this morning when i started up my computer it wouldn't boot. I tried making it boot from my HDD and from a windows 7 installation disc. When it boots from the hard drive it says it cant find an OS. Can someone help me fix this? I have a lot of stuff on my hard drive that i dont want to lose.
If you guys need more info to help feel free to ask. Thanks guys.
Im on win7 x64.

A:Made new partition - windows wiped from hard drive

Boot into the Win7 disk to look for your files and then rescue them to external flash via Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console.

If you find your files intact alongside a Windows folder on a partition which might not be lettered C because you are in Windows Recovery Console, then there is still hope to repair it following Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start.

Otherwise once you have your files all backed up you can delete all partitions to Clean Reinstall Windows 7

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Setup: P3 600Mhz, 256Mb PC100 RAM, Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP2
Software: IIS 6.0, PHP5, .Net 2.0, MySql 5.0, Sql Server 2000 SP4
HD1: Samsung 40Gb
HD2: Quantum Fireball 6Gb

This has happened twice in the last month. I have been trying to setup a stable environment for my personal hosting needs for a while and I thought I had got it until...

Note: This happened twice, exactly the same symptons/cause both times.

Everything runs smooth with backups of HD1 (zip files of wwwroot and phpMyAdmin exports) being stored on HD2. When I setup the server initially I make sure it is up-to-date on Service Packs and all windows updates (this is with a fresh install) then I setup up PHP/MySql, etc, etc. Everything is fine for a while with good performance and no signs of trouble. Then when the first Windows Update (after setup is fully completed) is installed it installs fine but when I reboot I get a blue memory dump screen saying the harddrive has been coruptted.

I then uplug HD2 just to ensure nothing can happen to it during the reformat of HD1. When reinstall of OS is complete I plug HD2 back in but when I try to access it from My Computer I get an error saying it has not been formatted yet and it shows that it is compoletely empty (I tried putting it in other PCs too with same error).

The first time I had this happened I suspected some bad memory and put in completely new memory but then the same thing happened a second time.

My question is what could be the cause of ... Read more

A:Both Hard drive wiped out in a single Windows Update :(

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I screwed up my desktop installation and had to do a factory reset. All my apps were in the primary drive and non-apps such as photos, music, documents were in my secondary harddisk. As a precaution I unplugged the secondary drive before I did the factory reset. After the factory reset the desktop successfully booted up. Then I shut it down and plugged back the secondary drive but to my horror on 2nd boot up my secondary drive had been wiped clean and all my non-apps disappeared. I don't understand.What have I done wrong?

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My laptop had a hard drive crash and I lost the entire drive. It has been replaced with a new drive, and now I need to set it up for use. Would you please point me to some directions as to how to do this, how to determine what driver(s) I need to download and install and how how to configure settings. Should the drive be partitioned? After it has been set up, I then need to install Windows XP and MS Office. Thanks very much for any help.

A:Need instructions: How to setup a hard drive that has been wiped clean

Below are the steps to format and reinstall XP.

Formatting The Hard Drive In XP

There are several ways to format in XP:

1 During install

2. Using Disk management under administrative tools

3. Using the recovery console

4. Using start run cmd then the format command.

5. Right click on the drive in explorer and select format.

6. Using a Win98 boot disk

Note: WinXP will not let you mess with the boot partition or system partition since both contain items required to boot and run winXP. Thus, you should use the install process to format system and boot drive.

Here is the easiest way to perform a "Clean Install" of XP:

Using Windows XP CD:

1. Insert your XP CD in the drive upon booting computer.

2. You will be given some options here. You can select:

Clean Install

New Installation

Advanced ...and others I believe. But since this tutorial teaches a Clean Installation of XP, select "Clean Install".

3. Put a checkmark in the box to "designate where you want to install XP" (or some such dialog). Typically, you will choose to install XP on your C: drive.

4. Next, you will need to select the file system you wish to use. I recommend selecting NTFS as it is more secure than the FAT32 system.

5. Setup will then format the partition you chose and then you can install XP clean on that partition. Be sure that if you have more than one partition, you select the correct one.

6. Install your Windows XP Operating System. Using Windo... Read more

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I was having to unplug and reinsert my flash drive at every reboot to get my XP system to recognize my flash drive. This was keeping a lot of programs from autostarting like I desired.

Upon advice I used Device Manager to try to address apparent corruption by uninstalling the flash drive. When I reinstalled it, the large collection of files and folders had disappeared except a fraction of the Kingsoft PC Doctor folder.

What's the best way to recover those files and folders? Is recovery software the only option? If so, what are the best choices?

Operating System
Windows XP Home Edition 32-bit SP3
Intel Pentium 4
Northwood 0.13um Technology
2.00GB DDR @ 166MHz (2.5-3-3-7)
Dell Computer Corp. 0G1548 (Microprocessor)
Default Monitor ([email protected])
Intel 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller (Dell)
74GB Seagate ST380011A (ATA) 28 C
3GB Lexar USB Flash Drive USB Device (USB)
119GB PNY USB 2.0 FD USB Device (USB)
Optical Drives
Unimodem Half-Duplex Audio Devi

A:What's best way to recover folders and files wiped off my flash drive?
Do not write any thing to the Flash until all has been recovered
Recuva seems to be popular around here

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My name is Alison, I was trying to fix my laptop and ended up making things a lot worse!!

I ran DBAN and during the process i realized i have no way to reinstall Vista Home Basic OS so i aborted the wipe after 10 or 15 mins into it.

Its a Compaq Presario CQ61. On the back of the L/T i have a sticker with a product key but when i purchased it i never got a CD for Vista. I dont have recovery discs either.

So like i said i stopped DBAN from completing the wipe however now when i turn the L/T on it says,


I tried doing System Recovery but the same message comes up... i also found a Vista Recovery online and burnt to cd-r but it stills says, "NO BOOTABLE DEVICE -- INSERT BOOT DISK AND PRESS ANY KEY"

Is there a way to copy a different version of windows OS from a different PC and make that a 'boot disc' I dont really understand what a boot disc is...

Im not sure what to do to fix this issue... any help or advice is appreciated if you could please explain with details that would be a big help to me.

Thanks in advance!


A:Wiped the hard drive now i have no OS (Compaq Presario CQ61)

Please do not post more then one thread about the same problem.
Wiped the hard drive now i have no OS (Compaq Presario CQ61)


I ran DBAN

DBAN (Darik's Boot and Nuke) is a low level format utility. Once you start this, it begins to wipe the drive of your OS. Stopping it in the middle is too late. If you had just run System Recovery would have set your system back to Factory Defaults, but DBAN deleted that too. You cannot copy an installed OS and put it on a different computer. An OS has to be installed from a boot disc (a disc that boots the computer if the OS can't)
What is the Vista recovery disc that you have? Boot into Setup (Bios) and change the Boot order to be CD/DVD rom drive First Boot Device, Save and Exit. Restart the computer with the disc in and you should see the message Press Any Key to Boot From CD/DVD.If it is a Vista install DVD then you can reinstall your OS. If not a Windows disc, you can try contacting your computer manufacturer and see if you can get a Recovery DVD for your computer manufacturer Or get a Vista DVD from Ebay or Craigslist.

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My name is Alison, I was trying to fix my laptop and ended up making things a lot worse!!

I ran DBAN and during the process i realized i have no way to reinstall Vista OS so i aborted the wipe after 10 or 15 mins into it.

Its a Compaq Presario CQ61. On the back of the L/T i have a sticker with a product key but when i purchased it i never got a CD for Vista. I dont have recovery discs either.

So like i said i stopped DBAN from completing the wipe however now when i turn the L/T on it says,


I tried doing System Recovery but the same message comes up... i also found a Vista Recovery online and burnt to cd-r but it stills says, "NO BOOTABLE DEVICE -- INSERT BOOT DISK AND PRESS ANY KEY"

Im not sure what to do to fix this issue... any help or advice welcome but please explain in details.

Is there a way to copy a different version of windows OS from a different PC and make that a 'boot disc' I dont really understand what a boot disc is...

Thanks in advance!


A:Wiped the hard drive now i have no OS (Compaq Presario CQ61)

Hi, Alison.

A boot disk is the hard drive which your PC boots from and starts Windows, but your hard drive has had the boot files and Windows (or some of it) wiped off it with DBAN. DBAN is used to securely wipe all data from a hard drive prior to selling it or otherwise disposing of it -- this prevents any data from getting into the wrong hands.

You will have to contact HP/Compaq and ask them if they can send you a set of Recovery CDs for your model.

Contact information for the USA: Contact HP - Phone Assist | HP

For the UK: Contact HP - Phone Assist | HP

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I had a hard drive crash 2 weeks after the warranty on my HP Elite Pavilion Desktop ran out in September last year. I replaced the hard drive with a WD 1 TB (was a Seagate I think 500GB). Now, 9 months later the new hard drive is acting up. I do not have extensive technical computer experience, but I did run the diagnostics on it (the one that came with HP - PC Doctor or similar) and got "Passed" on the hard drive on one occasion and "Failed" on another. I decided to just use the CDs to do a complete restore to factory settings. I am running Windows Home Premiums Vista 64 bit, I believe.

Anyway, I have gotten through the process twice now but the computer seems to get hung up after it says the reset is complete using the discs I ordered from HP. When it reboots, it goes through the normal blue screen, then Windows green bar thingy, and then it gets to and stays on a white screen with two folder icons with a little sheet of paper "flying over" from one to the next. It seems to stay here forever. The first time, I turned off the PC after several hours and when I turned it back on, it said BOOTMGR was missing. I have just done it the second time and am wondering how long I should let it stay on while on this white screen with the two folders before I give up again.

Hope this makes sense and that I am providing enough information to receive some assistance!


A:Help - Wiped Hard Drive and Returned to Factory Settings

Hi Kelli, if you could fill out you System Specs so we can get a better look at your system. Have you run CHKDSK from an elevated command prompt on the drives? Are you trying to recover from the recovery disc you made when you 1st purchased the PC are these the same disc you used to installed vista on the new drive? Are you able to check the recovery discs to see if the discs are ok? Do you have any back ups?

Check Disk - chkdsk

You can also run the Disk Management.
At the Start Search type diskmgmt.msc or diskpart

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Had a 30GB SSD boot drive that filled up. Purchased 120GB SSD to replace it. Made a system image on my data drive (500GB HD). Disconnected 30GB boot drive, attached new SSD, and using the restore disk I made after doing the system image I attempted to restore the image of the smaller SSD onto my larger SSD. Thought it worked until I realized it restored the image onto my 500GB data drive deleting everything I had on it. I didn't think Win7 would restore an image to the same drive that it was stored on. Originally I had made a system image to the new SSD and tried to restore directly to it but it wouldn't allow it. Now I have essentially two boot drives (30GB SSD and 500GB HD partitioned to be the same size as the 30GB SSD). I'm resigned to the fact I lost all my data on the data drive but I would like to install the data from either boot drive onto my new SSD then wipe everything on both other drives and start from scratch. Can't reassign drive letters so my computer thinks the new SSD is going to be the boot drive c: Any help would be appreciated. The kids are itching to play Minecraft. :-)

A:Replaced smaller SSD for larger but wiped data drive in process

Hi and welcome to TSF,

Do you still have the system image on the 500GB hdd?

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My sister called earlier in a panic cause her laptop was showing "error loading operating system". She said she received a "Win32 Generic Host error" while online so she closed out tht error, ran Microsoft Security Essentials which found a problem and prompted her for a reboot and after she rebooted, the error loading operating system appeared.

She brought me her laptop and I popped in the XP Pro installation CD and tried to run a recovery but it never asked for the installation I wanted to repair which I thought was odd. Instead, it brought up the c prompt. I tried checking the contents of the c drive (using DIR) and it returned "An error occured during directory enumeration".

So, I removed her hard drive and slaved it in a desktop using a USB/SATA adapter. When I tried to browse the drive, it said the drive wasn't formatted.

Has anyone seen this before? It's hard to believe that a virus scan and reboot would wipe out a drive. I've seen a system file get quaranted off and cause an invalid system file error when rebooting but never anything like this.

A:Wiped out hard drive after Win32 Generic Host Problem

I think your premises...are awry.

Error loading operating system...can mean various things. It's an indication that something is wrong with the partition, the drive, the boot structure, or the boot option settings (generally speaking).

When a hard drive which has been seen as a drive which is not formatted...that's usually an indication that the file system (NTFS) has a problem. The problem could be caused by the structure of the hard drive or the file system could be damaged or other key system files could be damaged...the result is that the partition can no longer be recognized by the system. Hence, a user may receive messages indicating that the hard drive needs to be formatted and has no recognized partition.

All of this has nothing to do with a virus happens routinely enough that it's well documented, if not understood.

You can try data-recovery software to see if it is able to see files on the drive. If so, I suggest moving any value files...before attempting any trouble-shooting on the drive.


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Upon installing windows 7 on a hp pavilion elite from a wiped hard drive I encountered a few issues. First I loaded everything as usual and when it came to partitioning I assumed it would have selected the correct one automatically. There were a few there two primary an u allocated space and one labeled hp. I believe the hp one was selected initially. It went on and completed the first step and was restarting. When it booted it up it went to a black screen with a _. I tried to troubleshoot using forums for similar issues no luck. So I reloaded windows seven and hit repair computer. It told me it recognized an error and asked to repair and restart. I did so. No change. Restarted computer with windows disc and reloaded install setup. This time I used a YouTube video to select proper partition. This video had no previous partitions so fed up I deleted all partitions that it would allow me too. It continued to the screen where it saves files then expands then load features etc. this time the computer froze at 28% expanding files. I left it for a while and no change the cursor wouldn't even move. So I shut off computer. Now when I turn computer on the monitor displays no signal. I have checked and rechecked cables it's all right and proper. The go symbol lights up on coy and I can hear fan but no matter how many times I restart it it still displays no signal. Please advise

A:Hp pavilion elite installing windows seven from wiped hard drive


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Used KillDisk software to wipe hard drive and installed Vista. I'm now having disk space issues. Windows can not update, "Code 80070070 Free up disk space and try again."

When I pull up Computer Management and there are two partitions. It is now showing 2 local disks: "Local Disk (C:) which has 281 MB free of 6.83 GB" and "Local Disk (D:) which has 139 GB free of 142 GB".

Everything is on the C: which is now full. I tried deleting the D: by right clicking on the D: but "Delete volume" is greyed out. How can I delete this partition and have my entire hard drive back?

System info:
Windows Vista
System: Gateway
Model: MX6453
System Type: x86-based PC

Please help!


A:Wiped hard drive, now 2 disks and can't access free space.

Try this

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Yesterday, I ran a .exe file which I shouldn't have and it suddenly wiped out my files. I got a black desktop with only the Recycle Bin left. My files are nowhere to be found and I started to restore my computernto a previpus restore point, it still did not work. My computer also starts to notify me about RAM problems and hard drive errors. I performed scanning my computer for errors, some of the errors were fixed but somehow some of them weren't because it says I have to buy a full version. I don't know much of these technical stuff, please be patient with me. I really need your help. Thank you.

A:Virus wiped my hardware, it also says hard drive error in windows 7

Hi Saira029, welcome to TSF.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link given below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a link at the top of each page.

Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:

NEW INSTRUCTIONS - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help

After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post these in your next reply.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

If you have trouble running DDS, please try running it in Safe Mode using the following instructions:

Restart your computer and boot into Safe Mode by hitting the F8 key repeatedly until a menu shows up (and choose Safe Mode from the list). In some systems, this may be the F5 key, so try that if F8 doesn't work. Login on your usual account.

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I have recently assembled my first custom PC (build specs are below). Everything went smoothly and it started up on the first ry. However, the company I ordered the hard drive from has been taking their sweet time on shipping. So, I decided to wipe an old drive that has been collecting dust for the last 6 months (in an external drive enclosure so not literally dusty) and use that to install Windows 7 and then the plan was to use the smaller drive for Windows and select software and the larger new drive for storage.
CPU ********************* AMD FX-4130 3.8GHz Quad-Core
Motherboard ** Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+
Memory ************ Team Dark Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
Storage ************** Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM (not delivered yet)
Video Card ******** ECS GeForce GTS 450 1GB
Wireless ************* Rosewill RNX-G300LX 802.11b/g PCI
Case ******************** Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply ** Thermaltake 650W ATX12V
The problem I am having occurs at the Windows installation (from USB). When I get to the &#8220;Where do you want to install Windows?&#8221; part of the setup process I get the following error message:
We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files.

So, logically I went to the forums to try and locate the answer. So far I have done;
Type CLEAN ALL (took several ho... Read more

A:Solved: Windows 7 USB install on wiped hard drive issue

Can you show us the disk map for the Hitachi 2.5 drive in Minitool Partition Wizard?
How are you connecting it?

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I have a laptop, something happened where the boot program, and drivers for the CD rom have been wiped from the hard drive. So even though I have a new copy of windows 7, I can not load it on to the laptop because the cd rom in the laptop will not read anything. There should be no reason any physical damage would make it not work.

The only thing i can access is the BIOS. In the BIOS there is an option to boot from LAN. Any idea of how I would do this? Can I somehow use the CD Rom on my computer to load windows on the laptop. I honestly have never seen anything like this before. If anyone has the slightest idea I would be willing to send pictures of the screens so you can see what it looks like.

A:wiped laptop, new install, cd rom drive dead, boot from LAN in bios?:banghead:

What model laptop do you have? When you're in bios and looking at the boot options, what options are you given?

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So I recently used Darik's Boot and Nuke to wipe my hard drive, and whenever I attempt to install Windows 7 the installation goes through till it reads finishing installation, then after a few minutes gives me blue screen and crashes. My laptop is a dell inspiron and has 3 gb of memory on it. I was told it was possible that when I used DBAN it erased instructions built into my hard drive that allow an operating system to be installed to it. Not sure if there is anything I can do to diagnose the blue screen or if there's any common cause for this.

A:Blue screen at the end of Windows install on newly wiped hard drive

Why did you re-installed Windows ?. How the system worked before formatting ?
Windows can be installed in a fully erased hard drive without any problem. In fact that is the recommended method in case of a serious rootkit infection. I suspect a hardware issue as the cause. Sometimes a defective installation DVD can also produce BSOD when installing. Let us first check your hardware health condition using built in diagnostics. Follow the below steps.
1 ) Keep pressing F12 while powering on until you see a boot selection menu.
2 )Select Diagnostics from the menu to run built in self test.
3 )If there are no errors detected during the short test, you will be asked for permission to run an extensive test. Choose OK and run the test. 
Post the result in next reply.

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I'm puzzled .... When booting Windows 7 Home Premium, my daughter was consistently getting 0xc0000428 error code under windows boot manager (The error stated: A recent hardware or software change might have installed a file that is signed incorrectly or damage) . To bypass the error I completely wiped out and reformatted the hard drive. However, when I boot the Windows 7 installation disc, error 0xc0000428 persists. If F8 or Enter is pressed the system reboots and loops back to error 0xc0000428. Why is error 0xc0000428 still occurring when installing if the drive is completely wiped out and reformatted? How do I disable Windows boot manager to proceed with the installation of Windows 7?
I searched all over this forum and other sites and have come up empty.
Any solution is appreciated

A:Error 0xc0000428 occurs installing on wiped formatted hard drive

You may want to have a look at this, it would appear you didn't manage to get everything with the standard format.
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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I had a new PC so I thought I would do a recovery disk on a separate partition of my parent's disk. Turns out windows wipes out everything regardless of partition when it does that. So now lifelong memories are gone and I'm freaking out! I used EaseUS to make different partitions which were deleted. After I found that the partition I chose stayed the same size but was renamed RECOVERY and it had the recovery data in it. However the rest was "unused" and so I dragged the RECOVERY to make full use of the disk and then I started scanning it deeply with hard drive recovery software. I am now through scanning with my 2nd program now (1st one didn't give me the files I needed) and I'm using RecoverMyFiles. The problem is I'm not really getting back any of the files I had deleted by windows, but I get some stupid windows files which were probably deleted in the recovery process!! PLEASE help me!!! I am desperate. Future hanging in balance thank you.

A:Recovering Lifelong Memories from Windows Recovery-Wiped External Hard Drive

There are quite a few programs you could try, I have had most success with Recuva by Piriform, but recently this program was said to be excellent by a user,
Obviously it's worthwhile trying both of them.

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can someone PLEASE help me? I need my computer to work for school or I'm going to get dropped from class. I can't figure this out.

Someone ran DNUKE on my computer and I'm assuming it wiped my hard drive, it definitely wiped the OS because I can't get it to load Windows.

First, when trying to boot from CD I did a clean install and while it was "Copying Files" it canceled and gave me this..

someone also suggested i use disk part from the cmd line and this is what it said...

Someone PLEASE help me. I am so screwed if I can't get this thing working in time for school on monday.
thanks in advance

A:Wiped hard drive with DNUKE. Win7 won't install. Error code: 0x8007001

Hi LilMissMopar

Lets start from the beginning

Pop the DISC into the computer . Open up the command prompt by pressing Shift and F10 when you get to the Install Now screen of Windows 7 . Type in the commands below press <ENTER> after each line

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I had a new PC so I thought I would do a recovery disk on a separate partition of my parent's disk. Turns out windows wipes out everything regardless of partition when it does that. So now lifelong memories are gone and I'm freaking out! I used EaseUS to make different partitions which were deleted. After I found that the partition I chose stayed the same size but was renamed RECOVERY and it had the recovery data in it. However the rest was "unused" and so I dragged the RECOVERY to make full use of the disk and then I started scanning it deeply with hard drive recovery software. I am now through scanning with my 2nd program now (1st one didn't give me the files i needed) and I'm using RecoverMyFiles. The problem is I'm not really getting back any of the files I had deleted by windows, but I get some stupid windows files which were probably deleted in the recovery process!! PLEASE help me!!! I am desperate. Future hanging in balance thank you.

A:Recovering Lifelong Memories from Windows Recovery-Wiped External Hard Drive

I haven't used it but you can try Recuva (its free) -

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I have a very ancient desktop PC which I need to get rid of. I thought I'd put it on Freecycle and give it away to a charity for preference but, if not, anyone who will take it away!

The problem is that it has 2 disk drives. I had thought of taking them out and uding as backup but I have a couple of NAS drives and online backup so would probably be overkill. I need to wipe them securely as they obviously currently have my data on them. I would need to give them away without an operating system as I only have my original Windows Me disk and can't currently find my XP upgrade disk and, even if I could, would probably want to hang on to them. So I guess I can format the 2 drives (in the right order!) but I'm not sure that this is secure enough for my purposes.

I've tried looking online but all instructions I can find assume that you are reformatting the hard drives with a view to reinstalling the operating system and keeping the computer which I am not doing. Could anyone suggest any program I could run which would reliably reformat both disks? Thanks.

A:Getting rid of old PC securely?

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I'd like a free program to securely erase a couple HDD's before selling or giving them away. I'll be using my laptop to do this and an external HDD/SSD dock that is USB3: USB 3.0 SATA III Hard Drive Docking Station SSD / HDD with UASP -

A:securely erasing HDD's

You can use windows inbuilt diskpart software to do this from a command prompt
May not be the quickest (not sure) but its free and easy, just be sure to run "clean all" and not just "clean" as that will not securely overwrite the data

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

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How to delete/shred files securely so that no software can recover/undelete those deleted files

A:Shredding files securely

Eraser is one option.

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I am trying to setup a webcam (or other CCTV camera) so that I can login and see the video over the net. I want to be able to do this securely and not allow anyone else from simply logging in and seeing the video.

I'm not sure what to search for?

Any help would be great.


A:How can I view a webcam securely over the net?

The best way to do that without a dedicated internet camera is a program called TinCam. It allows you to stream your web cam to the web, set up motion activated monitering and a whole list of other activities.

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