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December 13, 2006 2:54:13 AM

I think my son downloaded a virus or a trojan on my desktop computer: homebuilt ecs k7s5a with athlon xp1700.

Things started disappearing on my desktop last week friday. Then the computer shut down and restarted. It got stuck during the bios check and gave me the message:

loading from boot memory log ide-0 ok

and it would just stay that way indefinitely. So I thought i would try to salvage some data from my harddrive and then wipe it clean and do a fresh install.

I took the hard drive out and put it in a usb enclosure so I could drag and drop files onto my laptop. When I turned it on to access it, I get the message: cannot access, files corrupted or something like that. So I run chkdisk f/r/ on the drive. After about an hour, i try to access it and all i can see are some text documents that I don't recognize and nothing else! Disk properties shows that half of the 40gb hardrive is used up. So I know that the data is there, but I can't see it thru win explorer.


I put the harddrive back in my desktop and try to boot up. It goes thru bios and I can barely see that "loading boot memory log" message again because the computer restarts and goes thru the bios check again. It keeps cycling and doesn't get anywhere.

I try to boot from my winxp cdrom and after I click enter it tries to boot from the cdrom for about 5 seconds and then restarts thru the bios again. So I can't even boot from a boot disk or my winxp cd.

Did a trojan or a virus mess up my bios and make it restart after a specified time? Do I have to reflash the bios? What do I do?

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December 13, 2006 4:15:33 AM

It sounds like a failing drive to me.
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December 13, 2006 10:19:23 AM

yeah, sounds like a failing drive, I had a Seagate 120 do the same thing, could that the files were taking up space, but couldnt access them. If it truly is failing, the only thing I can suggest is putting it in the freezer for a while, this sounds crazy, but there are a couple of sites detailing how it all works, google search for it.

http://www.meetmyattorney.com/slink/mt-archives/000275....

just one link of many
December 18, 2006 5:11:56 AM

Update: it was my harddrive! I had to harddrives and I made my slave the master. I was able to boot from the cd. so apparently you can't boot from a cd if your harddrive is bad. I don't know if that is a correct assumption.

So I installed xp to the harddrive. I had previously used that harddrive to store pics and other files. When I installed xp, I did not reformat, or partition or change the file system. So I figured it would install xp alongside those pics and other files. Well, I can't find the pics so I think it wrote over them. Is that the case and can I retrieve those files?
December 18, 2006 6:01:31 AM

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Update: it was my harddrive! I had to harddrives and I made my slave the master. I was able to boot from the cd. so apparently you can't boot from a cd if your harddrive is bad. I don't know if that is a correct assumption.

So I installed xp to the harddrive. I had previously used that harddrive to store pics and other files. When I installed xp, I did not reformat, or partition or change the file system. So I figured it would install xp alongside those pics and other files. Well, I can't find the pics so I think it wrote over them. Is that the case and can I retrieve those files?


If you have a bad hard drive but connect it so that you may try to rescue files, it can not be on the same IDE cable as anything else such as another drive or CD-rom. Also it should not be set in Bios as any part of Boot order, it must be non-bootable. However with all that it still may cause the system to hang at boot, or just not show up in Bios or thr GUI.

If you install XP onto a drive that has enough space it shouldn't overwrite anything. You should NOT have any other drive conected during XP install since you may not be installing to C: and the boot drive letter may change after installation, causing the boot to fail. Also, for all you know, you may be putting XP onto the wrong drive.
August 19, 2009 8:01:55 PM

Your Real Time battery might be out and so messing your bios setting. Try to see if that is the problem and check your bios setting for boot sequence weather the problem is related to the Real Time battery or not.

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