I have a 40GB hd with c: os, d: apps, e: data. Right after backing up 3GB of data to this computer, my e: the data partition is gone. It won't show up in my computer anymore.
I have rebooted my time, same thing. fdisk shows one big extended drive on d:. I can boot into windows, but e: is not showing up. I scanned the hd with a virus scanner and nothing shows up. I do a scan disk, no errors.
my thinking is that the HD got mess up because of too much activity while backing up 3GB of data. it some how mess up the mbr. or a virus has caused it.
I am thinking about reformatting the hd, but how can I make sure that the virus wouldn't show up again? Should I do a fdisk /mbr before reformatting?
Does this seem to be a virus or a hard drive failure?