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My USB drive was 'killed' by Antivir. What to do?

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December 9, 2010 12:07:27 PM

Hello :) 

My Avira Antivir has detected something when I plugged my USB drive in my laptop and has destroyed it I guess and now when I plug this USB drive in any computer, it is not even detected anymore and I can't use it.

So it seems instead of deleting whatever virus there was on the drive, it has simply 'killed' the whole drive. How can I fix that? (my USB drive is a Transcend 8GB).

Thanks!


a b D Laptop
a b G Storage
December 9, 2010 12:39:53 PM

See if the HDD is detected in Disk Manager (under Administrative Tools in Control panel).
December 9, 2010 2:50:26 PM

Yes, it is detected.
a b D Laptop
a b G Storage
December 9, 2010 4:34:49 PM

See if you can see it in my Computer (if it has a letter assigned to it). you can open it there. If Avira locked it, you can try to unlock it by doing a right-click on it> properties>security and Allow the Write Permission. That should work.
If not, you can try and do a format in Disk Manager. Beware, you will lose the data that's on the disk.
It might need to be "initialized" first, which is a low-level format. Then you will be able to format it in whatever filesystem you prefer (NTFS, FAT, etc.). this also will erase all data on it.
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