D System error: System FAT32

Compaq Hp compaq 15.6" presario cq56-115...
December 30, 2011 at 16:48:40
Specs: Windows xp
Hi all

I think this PC is corrupted.

When the laptop starts up, it goes to a blue windows XP screen and has;

Checking file system on D:
The type of the file system is FAT32.

One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency.You
may cancel the disk check, but it is strongly recommended that you continue.

Windows will now check the disk.
Volume serial number is 3EC6-2E70
The specified disk appears to be a non-windows XPdisk.

Do you want to continue? (Y/N)
Error in writing the output log

the computer does eventuall start up, however it is very slow.

When i click on My computer, it does not respond. I have short cuts to the desktop of items I use. The start menu and tool bar is slow.

I have updated NORTON onto it. It did a full system scan which comes back fine. However, when doing DISK optimization it says the disks are full cannot continue? There is hardly anything on this computer.

I am confident the D drive is infected. Is there anything I can do to resolve this potentially?


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December 30, 2011 at 18:38:58
if you suspect, that your system may be infected by a virus, check it by using a antivirus live cd.

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December 30, 2011 at 19:00:38
"I have updated NORTON"

Part of your problem is that you're using Norton.

I assume you have a laptop since you listed a 15.6" screen. When's the last time you cleared out the cooling vents? If your CPU is overheating, it could be throttling back in an attempt to lower the temp. This will cause the system to run slowly. Always place the laptop on a hard surface, not on your lap, couch, carpet, bed, etc. The fabric will block the cooling vents. Whenever possible, raise the back of the laptop by to allow fresh air to get sucked into the vents.

You should also be practicing routine maintenance by running a cleaner such as CCleaner-Slim, managing your startup apps, uninstalling unused software, running regular virus & malware scans using a GOOD security program (i.e., NOT Norton or McAfee), defragging the drives, etc. etc.

I'm guessing the D partition is the HP recovery partition? It's usually formatted as FAT32 rather than NTFS. If that's what it is, you should NOT be using it for storage.

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