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Old 08-02-2005, 06:35 AM   #1
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INSERT LiveCD, NTFS and SATA. Aaahhh!!!


Sorry for asking this really silly Noob question but I have been wandering around and around the Net for the last week trying to get answers.
I am trying to repair my daughter's XP Pro SP2 installation and have downloaded the INSERT LiveCD for the purpose of booting and scanning it for viruses.
The PC wont boot into Windows and I have been unable to repair or fresh install because some files just won't delete.
My only other option is to boot into DOS and reformat the thing which is a bit drastic.
Complicating the issue is the fact that it is NTFS and a partitioned VIA SATA drive.
So far I have been able to boot up with the INSERT cd and worked out how to run the ClamAV virus program, but I can't see the NTFS partitions.
INSERT is supposed to be able to read them (yes?) but do I need to mount them first and if so how the hell do I do this?
Please help me out before I pick up the PC and throw it out the bloody window!!!
I have wasted too much time on this already . . .
Thanks in advance,
Chris
 
Old 08-02-2005, 06:51 AM   #2
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Perhaps try Slax-KillBill-5.0.6 or KNOPPIX-v3.9
 
Old 08-02-2005, 07:03 AM   #3
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Thanks for your prompt reply/
Do either of those support NTFS and SATA? And do they include a virus program?
 
Old 08-02-2005, 07:29 AM   #4
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Just for you...

I rebooted my lappy with the KNOPPIX 3.9 LiveCD, and it reads my Windoze NTFS partition. And though that box doesn't have a SATA drive (I have 3 others in two boxen but can't reboot them now), there are drivers in that kernel for some SATA drives and RAID controllers.

I've used KNOPPIX to recover Windoze boxen that were corrupted, and even some that wouldn't even boot in Windoze anymore ... quite a few times.

For the anti-virus, I'm not sure how ClamAV works, but you can go online with KNOPPIX and perhaps do a free online scan. I'd try AVG Anti-Virus. They used to have a free online scan, but I didn't look...if they don't check someone else like Symantec (Norton), or Computer Associates (better than Norton). I tell you, it sure did make me feel good when I read all those Top Threats that I run Slackware and check my email with Thunderbird, and browse the web with Firefox, and don't have to worry about that stuff anymore!

If you have a virus, trojan, or worm that has caused your Windoze drive to be unusable, the best thing you can do is to save your data, write the drive to zeroes, and start over. I don't build Windoze PCs anymore, but when I did, I would always used Symnatec's Ghost to make an image of the drive. So, when this happened, it only took me about 10 minutes to get it restored. Installing and configuring Windoze is a royal pain in the neck!
 
  


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