Need help copying entire drive using NTFSDOS

December 9, 2010 at 18:01:41
Specs: DOS
Hello,

It's my first time here, but I've often ended up on these forums looking for answers to other questions and you seem like a friendly, knowledgeable bunch, so I'm going to try my luck ...

I got a virus on my machine - a piece of malware that hijacked google search results (but just in Chrome) and directed them to dating/drug/porn sites. In hindsight, I only wished I'd closed Chrome and lived with it. However, I tried to fix it instead. Bear in mind that I am impatient, had a million other things to do and know just enough about computers to really be dangerous. This is a catastrophic mix.

The result is that after installing Spybot and Regrun and speed-reading the instructions, I let them do their thing and now Windows fails to boot. I get a BSOD muttering something about "regrun partizan - bootwatch antirootkit. greatis software" and then it restarts, doomed to repeat this proceedure for infinity.

I've tried everything in my limited power to circumvent this - booting in safe mode, last working configuration, off the recovery CD that came with my Mesh PC - none of it works; it all results in the same message.

I was pointed towards Ultimate Boot CD for Windows and although I made the boot CD ok, one of the drivers appears to be missing, due to an odd Windows configuration with Mesh and honestly it's all going a bit over my head at this point.

However, also included on the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows is NTFSDOS and using this I can navigate around my computer and I can also see my external hard drive, where I want to back everything up. I even managed to copy a single text file across as a test. I can't tell you what a triumph this single text file represented for me: The result of 48 hours of cursing and fretting.

So I feel I'm almost there - it seems to me that the best way forward would be to use NTFSDOS to copy the files I need and then reinstall Windows XP. But NTFSDOS doesn't have xcopy. And I have no idea how to install additional DOS programmes like xxcopy (which sounds like it'd do the trick nicely). Could someone please walk me through it, like they're teaching a dog to play cards?

Many, many thanks in advance. Sorry for the rambling post....
Andrew


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#1
December 9, 2010 at 18:34:01
I guess, the best way, to copy all your files from the infected hard drive is, to use a linux live cd.
There you have a graphical interface and can access the hard drive, so that you can copy all the files you need, to an external hard drive or burn it to CD/DVD.

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#2
December 9, 2010 at 19:18:31
Thanks paul, I hadn't thought of this. I'm not familiar with Linux beyond my occasional use of an asus eeepc. Do you think it will pose any challenges for me?

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#3
December 9, 2010 at 19:45:21
Andrew

It's a piece of cake.
The boot cd offers a graphical interface, where you have a desktop, computer, where you can choose the drives, found during boot up.
You will see all the files and folders, can rightclick them and choose, what to to with it.
I think, it's easy going.

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#4
December 9, 2010 at 22:23:55
The free version of NTFS4DOS--which is probably what's on the ultimate disk--is very limited. But after booting the PC with it you can add additional dos commands via a floppy disk. I think I used the win98 xcopy to do what you want to do. But it seems like even then it wouldn't copy all the files. It would just copy a certain number and then stop.

You could probably eventually do it with NTFS4DOS but the linux disk may be less frustrating.

Real men don't use AntiVirus; they just reformat


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#5
December 10, 2010 at 05:41:50
Thanks everyone! I think the problem is solved. I burnt a slax CD (http://www.slax.org/) and am now currently dragging and dropping away.

I had no idea linux was so awesome. I'm really grateful for your time and help - really, I was at a loss. You guys are the bestest.


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#6
December 10, 2010 at 10:03:48
You are welcome.

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