Is this a virus that just ate 2 hard drives?

Me / Ip35pro
April 23, 2009 at 07:26:41
Specs: Windows XP
Hi yall. Problem: Computer crashed and would no longer boot from drive. This was a sata drive, plus I had an identical sata as storage. Both are seen in bios, system drive won't boot, and most importantly, computer won't boot at all, even from cd, until I remove the system drive from the computer. Now no computer will boot if this drive is connected, so I can't even format it or diagnose it. Long story longer, I put in another drive and installed xp. This drive was an ide, cuz I was suspect of the sata (even thought my sata storage drive never got hurt). Ide system drive worked for a week, then died in the exact same way, no boot up if it's connected to any computer. I can't see how a hardware failure could kill 2 hard drives on 2 different controllers in the same way. I'm afraid a virus may have been in the files I restored to the new install, and now I'm worried cuz I put the backup files on a different computer so these people have a computer to use, and I'm afraid their going to fry this hard drive too. Any ideas?

Tim


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#1
April 23, 2009 at 17:16:12
Might be power supply to drives.

It would be unlikely in my opinion that a boot virus could stop the CD/DVD from being the first bootable device.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#2
April 23, 2009 at 17:20:16
I can make the first boot device the cd, but it still won't boot until I remove the offending hard drive.

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#3
April 24, 2009 at 15:06:33
Still I think it unlikely a boot sector virus could do that. A bootable device is the first to have code read. A second or other partition does not execute code.

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#4
April 24, 2009 at 23:04:35
Cost a few bucks but try a usb to sata hd mount like the blackx mount your os on another drive.boot into windows then plug the blackx in and test drive. Suspect either a short on the hd or lba is messed up. If drive mounts in the blackx recover what you can an format it. G\l

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