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Dell Inspiron E1505. VIRUS + Reformat fail

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I have a co-workers laptop here, DELL Inspiron 1505 media laptop.
He has multiple virus's from his selection of PRON.

I ran AVAST in an attempt to remove or quarantine them without any success. I did the best thing I could think of next, reformat. However I cannot get the drive to recognize the XP disc in order to start the installation. No prompt to boot from disc even though I set up the boot priority to boot dvd drive first.

I even attempted a Dariks Boot n Nuke disc to wipe it... Same fail.


Any ideas?
post #2 of 10
I found my self in a similar situation (without the PRON haha), when something like a virus slowly, over two days of working on it, turned my HDD into Helen Keller.

I first tried the laptop's recovery disk/partition, which failed. Then tried repair or reinstall with XP installation disk, which failed, and I could no longer access the HDD at all. Finally swapped the HDD to an external enclosure connected by usb to another laptop, then used downloaded tools from the HHD manufacturer to write zeros, and format, which finally worked.

I'm sure there must be an easier way.
Edited by denydog - 1/21/11 at 1:37am
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So you can't boot from the XP or Boot n Nuke disks? Or they work fine, but can't see/work with the HDD?
 
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They are not seen by the laptop, no option to boot from disc even though bios is set to boot dvd drive first
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I'd do the same as alrdy suggested. Other option is go into bios, set only boot from cd/dvd have all other options set blank. Get a format utility from harddrive vendor, 0 Bat if you can still find it, or wipe drive pro.

http://www.detto.com/wipedrive-pro-erase-harddrive.php

They have some truly amazing software programs. I can confirm wipe drive pro will zap any and all virus the system could ever come across to include those pesky boot sector virus's.
Edited by bratas - 1/21/11 at 10:25am
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I will give that a shot tonight.
Thank you
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After my first reply I thought again. Are you sure the BIOS is detecting the DVD drive properly? It seems like the HDD should not be in the mix if just running the CD from BIOS. Is the disk spinning up at all?

Trying to think back, I think with the problem I described in my first post, I could get the XP Install disk to come up, but all it did was reported an error, and could go no further. Hard to remember.

All I can remember for sure was hating the swedish genius hacker that jacked up two of the computers on my network.

btw- Off the story, but I'm expecting a PATA HDD delivery today to fix a co-workers older Thinkpad. At least his was just a mechanical failure.

Best one lately was my wife's friend brought her laptop over, so I could get rid of an annoying popup malware. I looked for a minute, and saw a Norton notification in the taskbar. Clicked on it, and read "You're computer is infected, do you want to fix it?". Clicked OK, and job done. Wish they were all that easy.
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post #8 of 10
imma bet its not the xp recovery disc that came with the laptop?

i bet your trying to use whatever copy you acquired from elsewhere, and chances are it doesnt have integrated sata drivers so it cannot recognize the drives.

you will need to make a custom xp disc using nlite, and the drivers needed via dell (sata/chipset drivers), and google for a guide.

Also, is AHCI on or off in bios?
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post #9 of 10
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just getting back into this laptop tomorrow... err later today i guess...


the XP I am trying to load is not the xp recovery disc... I want a fresh non Dell XP OS...
same XP disc that I loaded on my wife's dell inspiron that is the same year as this one...

I will check back in the am and re-read this... too tired now.
post #10 of 10
well, if your using a retail disc you cannot use the oem key, and i dunno about getting a disc for the oem lisence pritned on the bottom for a lega copy.

regardless, make sure during xp install you do not simply do a install, you need to hit escape when setup finds other installs, then select EVERY partition on the main drive and delete them, d, enter, and l usually are the keys in that order. once its an unpartitioned space, install, ntfs, quick usually as im short on time. if this still fails to work, check your portable media, infected disk from a bad source, and or network.
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