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#1 ranmasama



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Posted 23 November 2004 - 10:48 PM

My hard drive isn't working correctly and seems to have many bad sectors. I need a virus scanner without a need of an operating system. I have a boot disk but I need a virus scanner that can fit on a floppy. Any help is appreciated.

#2 Tuxedo Jack

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 02:45 AM

If you're running 98SE or earlier, you can use F-Prot for DOS - it's commercial, unfortunately.

You can also try a BartPE disc built on someone else's machine, which will boot you to a preinstallation environment off the CD.

You can even try a Knoppix Linux CD; that'll boot you to a Linux environment and KDE, which'll let you run stuff off the CD to (perhaps) back up your stuff.

As is, if the drive's going back, I would very much recommend having your neighborhood tech stick it in their machine and pull the data off it onto theirs, then low-level format the sucker.

If it's physical damage, there's nothing you can do but get a new drive.

Off-topic, I rather like the user name; that's the way the good (though somewhat whacked) Kodachi refers to Ranma.
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