Virus wiped out registry?
Posted on 2001-08-09
A friend has brought me her computer. It won't boot up. That is, it boots, we see the Win95 screen...then a dos type from stating error reading drive c, abort, retry, fail?
So, I thinking that since she hasn't updated her Norton AV defs since 1998, she probable got a virus and it has wiped out or corrupted the registry.
Naturally, she didn't have any Norton Rescue disks either. So I used a set of mine. This worked fine except that it looked for def's on her HD, which naturally being 3 years old are useless.
I figured what I would do is remove her HD from her computer and slave it to my main drive. Then I can use my version of Norton (which is up to date) to scan it, and hopefully repair the offensive file.
Her's the problem. When I took out her drive and tried to install it in my box, it tried to boot to it, instead of just being a slave to my drive. An error came up saying Invalid Boot Disk, please put disk in drive A.
On my back-up drive I can easily switch from master to slave by moving the jumpers. On this (Quantum Fireball 3.5) drive there doesn't seem to be a way to do that. There is a port for the ribbon cable, a port for the power source and andother port with 3 little prongs (not circular like the jumpers on my other drive).
Any idea how I can slave this to stop it from being booted to?
OH, and I should mention....my computer is Win 98...this drive is win95......is that going to *F* me up?