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Old 10-14-2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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analyzing hard drive in Lucid Puppy after virus damage

I damaged the O/S on my netbook, removing viruses on a Win 7 system. Also ran Combofix prior occasion - Windows was acting odd already - assume Combo removed some files it shouldn't have. My fault , not reinstalling windows then.

Failed on initial reboot, after the Norton AV prompted for reboot. And all boots thereafter. Netbook would load to the ACER screen, then go to a blinking cursor on black screen. Unresponsive to any commands from there. Able to change boot order to read USB first. Used live USB of Lucid to boot the system. How can I examine the HD to see if it is physically corrupt? BTW - Ubuntu will NOT load on the system from a USB - it loads to a corrupted screen.

College help desk mystified and I am new to Linux ... ideas? (can't do Win system restore as I have no cd drive! Ugh.) Likewise can't reinstall Win7 but not sure I want to.

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Old 10-14-2012, 05:21 PM   #2
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Well, if your system is newer than the Ubuntu version you are trying to load, then there is nothing special, it is missing driver and that's it. If it is the latest version of Ubuntu, then this may be a bug. Anyhow, to check the disk physical state, there is a nice tool in Ubuntu, but there is also a command line one called "smartctl". But a virus scanner can not corrupt the _phisical_ state of your drive, only the logical one. In that case, the command would be "fsck.ntfs" part of the ntfsprogs package (assuming you want to repair Windows). This will check, and may also fix some file system error. But this will _NOT_ fix your Windows if your virus scanner deleted some system critical files. In this case, reinstall Windows, you have almost no other choices. The blinking cursor may also be caused by faulty bootloader, but I don't think a virus scanner can do that much damage.
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