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Windows is renaming my Drives

April 16, 2009 at 13:36:09
Specs: Window XP Home, ??/256

I am running XP home on my 6 yr old laptop and it has been amazing till now. Now Windows has decided to go and "see" all my drives (external, + C:) But it will not allow me access to those drives. Gives me an error about the path not being correct. Then if I plug in a USB flash drive, it won't even start to see it at all. Also my C drive has been renamed something like SQ032500 something or other. Everything is backed up externally but I don't want to reformat that partition since I have linux on this same machine and don't really want to redo all this. There is also an error about memory at location 00000000x0 when I log in. Any assistance is greatly appreciated

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#1
April 16, 2009 at 13:39:13

check for registry errors

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#2
April 17, 2009 at 17:41:25

To eliminate a RAM problem, you could run memtest.

http://memtest.org/
There is a version to create a bootable floppy diskette and/or an ISO for creating a CD.
Run it overnight and any failures are unacceptable.


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#3
April 17, 2009 at 18:49:29

Unplug all USB devices (except keyboard and mouse) and run CCleaner's registry cleaner. Allow it to fix ALL errors it finds (not something I'd recommend with any other registry cleaner)..

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#4
April 29, 2009 at 10:41:59

Ok, Memtest Ran and that ruled that out. Even thought I really need to upgrade the RAM. Next I will try the Registry cleaner.

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#5
April 29, 2009 at 11:35:47

That considerably sped up my computer, However the drives are still not being seen correctly and I can't access my C Drive if I go through My Computer and choose it.

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#6
April 29, 2009 at 12:09:18

Look in Disk Management and see how your drive/s are identified there.

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#7
April 29, 2009 at 15:20:57

C: is still C: but is now SQ003520. Everything else is normal in Disk Management and shows a healthy system. But anytime I try and choose that drive I get: Windows cannot find 'RECYLCLER\S-3-6-17-100009261-100015266-1553.com'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.

It has also disabled AVG
I am thinking Virus. or Spyware
So either Downloading another Virus/Spyware or just doing a system restore.


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#8
April 29, 2009 at 15:32:53

or you have been hacked.

But first go into recovery console and run chkdsk /r on the disk and restart so it runs.


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#9
April 29, 2009 at 15:48:51

"It has also disabled AVG
I am thinking Virus. or Spyware
So either Downloading another Virus/Spyware or just doing a system restore."

Any time anti-virus software becomes disabled, I think "virus". If it is, in fact, a virus, doing a system restore may not help. Many virii hide inside your restore points, re-infecting the machine when you restore. You might have some luck with one of the online virus scans. Even if an online scan can't remove the virus, it should provide you with details that can be used to manually remove it.

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#10
April 29, 2009 at 16:17:45

Try booting to safe mode and see if your AV works then.

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#11
April 29, 2009 at 17:40:45

Ran Avast upon bootup and it got everything. Can go into drives and pretty much everything is back to normal. Hacked? haha doubt it. thinking back I am pretty sure where the Worm and Trojan came from.

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#12
April 29, 2009 at 18:56:40

Glad you got it sorted and thank you for posting your solution. Others may benefit from this information.

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