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Getting I/O device error cannot access D Drive

by demonspeed7 / September 22, 2005 9:32 AM PDT

Running Windows XP on a Sony Vaio PCV-RX860.
80 gig hard drive 2.4 gigaherts pentium 4 512 megs of ram.

Anyways The main hard drive is partitioned into c drive and d drive.I can acess c drive although everything seems to be bogging down quite a bit.D drive on the other hand isnt recognized for some reason.Why I dont know and it happened out of the blue.
Can someone point me in the right direction? Somehow i doubt only half the drive could have crashed on me.I think its a software bugg.Just need some help in fixing it.Any help would be highly appreciated.Thanx

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Need Help
by demonspeed7 / September 22, 2005 10:05 AM PDT

anyone have any idea what i need to do to fix this problem?

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Is the partition showing up in Disk Management?
by Michael Geist / September 22, 2005 10:33 AM PDT
In reply to: Need Help
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disk management?
by demonspeed7 / September 22, 2005 11:09 AM PDT

how do i check disk management ? im thinking i have a virus of some sort or maybe some spyware thats screwing with my d drive. what tools should i use?
thanx for the reply by the way

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Use the tools listed in the previous post.
by Michael Geist / September 22, 2005 11:58 AM PDT
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How to get to DM >>>

right click (assume a righty) My Computer/Manage/Disk Management

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Checked disk management heres what i found
by demonspeed7 / September 22, 2005 12:42 PM PDT

Ok so I ran an antivirus program as well as spybot.Found 5 trojan horse programs and also a few new spywarez.Yet my problem still persists.
Heres a few other error messages ive gotten while trying to acess d drive.

Unable to acess Drive D
the volume does not contain a recognized file system

also

D drive is not accesible
the parameter is incorrect

while checking thje properties for drive d it shows the drive as being completely empty.
But in disk management is shows that theres 56 gigs in the drive and that its healthy.Yet it isnt.

What do I do next? Thanx for the help Michael

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tried a few more things
by demonspeed7 / September 22, 2005 1:31 PM PDT

i tried to do a system restore.but it seems that system restore didnt have drive d under its protection.So thats a no go.Im running out of ideas right now.Wish i knew why the hell the damn thing is malfunctioning.

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When I run into a machine.....
by Michael Geist / September 22, 2005 8:03 PM PDT

with as many malware related issues as you have, I will seek to rescue the data off the drive, then format the drive and perform a clean install.

The question of how to get the data off depends on your level of expertise. Some will use a Knoppix disk to burn the data to CDR/W. This requires a familiarity with that OS. I prefer to move the drive to another PC running the same OS. Jumper the drive as Cable select or Slave depending on the need. With any luck your will see the contents of the missing partition.

Clean Install directions can be had here:

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

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Michael
by demonspeed7 / September 23, 2005 9:23 PM PDT

Well im not an expert per say and I tried everything that i knew.So as a last resort I reinstalled windows.I saved everything I could off c drive and now everythings working fine.I did lose lots of music and quite a bit of movies as well.Ohh well.Im glad I at least backed up most of my files onto dvd r's.Thanx for trying to help me out.Ohh and my computers running much faster than even before the d drive problems.Gotta love a clean system.

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