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my hard drive is disturbing me

it got a virus and now i can't boot up,even make a new installation of xp

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You should note the statement in red asking to supply all the info needed to help you. How do you know it is a virus and not a hardware failure?.

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Since you are talking about making a new installation of Windows XP, I would recommend that you go to the website of the manufacturer of your hard drive and download a bootable utility program to partition and format your hard drive. Most hard disk manufacturers have such a download. They should have two versions, 1) a floppy disk version and 2) a version to burn on a bootable CD. If your manufacturer does not have such a program to download, you may have to buy a third party program, such as Acronis Disk Manager or Symantec Partition Magic (which used to be Power Quest Partition Magic). I say you may have to buy one of those programs because, for example, the Western Digital program does not work on my Maxtor hard disk, and likewise, my Maxtor program does not work on my Western Digital...

What you need to do is to start this program from boot up, either in the floppy drive or from your main CD/DVD drive. This will allow you to work on the drive without the virus being active, because the virus requires Windows to be working. You will then need to un-partition the drive, and then repartition it. This clears all of the data that is on your hard drive and makes it so it is like it was when you bought it. If you have either the Acronis program or the Symantec program, then wipe the drive. This does a thorough cleaning of your drive to make sure that it is completely clean of all data. Now you will need to re-partition your hard drive and format it.

In formatting your hard drive, if you have a choice of formats, such as FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, or any other format, then choose NTFS. That is the most updated formatting, which allows you to have big files on your hard drive that are over 4 GB in size, and it also supports the larger hard drives better. It is the one that is the standard now.

I don?t know about the Symantec program because I don?t own it, but if you have the Acronis Disk Director Suite, then from the format menu, not only can you choose the type of format (NTFS), but you can also change the sector size of your formatted hard disk. By default, if you just use a formatting utility, it will format at a size of 4 KB but you can change it down as low as 512 bytes, which is where I have mine set. What that does, is that it increases the potential to store more files on your hard drive by reducing the amount of space that each files uses on the hard drive. For example, if you were to create a text document with only one letter typed in it, its file would be 1 KB, but how much space is it actually using? If your sector size is 4 KB, then it is using 4 KB for a file that is really less than 1 KB, and since it IS less than 1 KB in reality, if the sector size is 512, when you click on properties, it will show that it is taking up only 512 bytes, even though it is reporting the 1 KB minimum size.

Once you have wiped, re-partitioned, and formatted your hard drive, you will be virus free and ready to go for another new installation of Windows XP. In re-installing Windows XP, if this is the second (or more) time, you may have to dial an 800 number for assistance in re-activating Windows. She will ask you WHY you are re-installing Windows, and you cannot get ?permission? to re-install it if you give the wrong answer. Well you had a virus, so you had to format your hard drive and start over. That should be a good enough excuse for her. It worked for me.

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