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unable to format c drive of windows xp

By jssainis ·
I formated complete system but while (formating)installation of xp i tried to format the c drive, on which windows was installed but system was unable to format it in normal mode only in quick it formated.

I was forced to install xp on d drive.

even after formating i found that in c drive there exists a virus in which folder is created within a folder.

How to resolve this problem??

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You'll need to wipe the entire drive ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to unable to format c drive ...

Try using Darik's Boot&Nuke:

http://www.dban.org/download

Once the entire HDD has been wiped, you'll find it easier to specify the creation of new partitions.

BE AWARE: DBAN will wipe the entire hard drive. If you have a Factory Restore partition, this will also be erased.

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Rootkit Scanner

by Mohammad Oweis In reply to You'll need to wipe the e ...

Wiping the HDD will solve the problem, but you will waste a lot of time backing up and restoring data.

Most probably you have a Rootkit virus installed on your drive.
You can use a software like GMER http://www.gmer.net/
Maybe this will help you get rid of the virus, and be able to format the drive without wiping the entire HDD.

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RE: "..waste a lot of time backing up and restoring" ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Rootkit Scanner

How exactly will the OP waste time backing up and restoring data if, as you've further instructed "..be able to format the drive without wiping the entire HDD."

As I read it, the C partition is corrupt and the \ partition is currently occupied with a fresh install.

Where is all this data that needs to be backed up?

I would also have some concern that any infection of the C partition may have spilled over into the recent install of \.

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Other Partitions

by Mohammad Oweis In reply to RE: "..waste a lot of tim ...

I was assuming that he has other partitions, other than C, D, that has all his data.
And as you said if he has a recovery partition, he will loose it.
But if he has only C, D and no data, then you are right; wiping the HDD will fix everything.

But in case he has another partitions with lot of data, and to not loose the recovery partition if exist, then GMER may do the trick, or any other Anti-Rootkit software.

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other partitions

by jssainis In reply to Other Partitions

yes, you are right I have other partitions e & f, where in I have saved my data..

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thanks

by jssainis In reply to Rootkit Scanner

thanks for your valuable advice.

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