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By robert_J_moen ·
i recently was going through old hard drives, and checking to see if any data was on any of them. while doing this i left my good harddrive attatched. i installed one hard drive and it had a version of win 98 on it, while doing so my winxp harddrive file format ntfs was still attatched. the comp. booted to Win98 and didnt recognize my winxp harddrive as being there. i found no files useful on win98 hd; shut down removed hd and installed different hd. up reboot my comp goes to a multi color squared pattern with random characters and doesnt boot to xp @ all. is this a virus or did i wreck somethin by having the win98 hd in?

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by AmberHaze In reply to virus?

It is difficult to say for sure, but it seems to me that what you described could just as easily be the result of 98 trying to read the format of the NTFS which of course it can't (without some 3rd party utilities that is)

Your next step in my opinion would be to insert your XP HD into a machine with a working XP. (Make sure the problem drive is a slave or on the 2nd IDE channel. In doing this, you should be able to see if the partition was damaged, and better yet, you may get lucky and be able to repair any damage.

good Luck

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by zlitocook In reply to virus?

Dose your bios see the XP hard drive? As it boots you will see it finding drives, memory bios type. If dose not you may have to go into the bios and set it to auto. You may confused the Cmos try resetting it. Boot to the XP CD and do a repair. If you have a Bart PE CD you can use it to do a virus scan on the drive, but the Bios has to see it first. Check the cables you may have put on the drive wrong or it could be loose.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to virus?

You can also use one of the Live Linux's to see if the NTFS Partition has been damaged.

While many will read NTFS partitions I find Knoppix to be my standard testing utility for doing things like this as I can alter the password directory and other things as required. If you don't already have a copy of a Live Linux you can find the Live Version of Knoppix here


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by sgt_shultz In reply to virus?

maybe win98 tried to write to the ntfs partition? and corrupted it? seems to me you could try booting xp in safe mode if no joy then try using the recovery console to repair the file system (chkdsk) and or boot record (fixmbr,

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by Xhunter333 In reply to virus?

Maybe you accidentally unplugged other devices like your video card in the process of installing or uninstalling that disk. If the problem is a virus, there is no way for you to solve it since it won't let you boot to XP. Remember that the BIOS is read-only so a virus can't do anything to damage it unless it was flashed. Try checking the connections of your other devices. If nothing else, contact the manufacturer of your motherboard about the BIOS problem.

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