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Windows 7: Need advice with disk partitions; (should D: be NTFS?)


03 Nov 2013   #11

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After some research I started wondering if each partition on a hard drive has its own 'boot record' (feel free to tell me yes or no here...still not sure if this is correct?).
That is correct, but only one is used. The boot record stored in the partition marked as "active" will be executed when you boot. This boot record is responsible for executing bootmgr.
Ok thanks.

So any idea why I now have 4, when previously had 3?

I'll refer you now to a post I made today about a possible rootkit...would that register another boot record?

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03 Nov 2013   #12

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I'm not experienced with McAfee, so I cannot really tell you why it scans like it do. But you have four partitions, so you have four boot records that it can scan.
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03 Nov 2013   #13

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pallesenw View Post
I'm not experienced with McAfee, so I cannot really tell you why it scans like it do. But you have four partitions, so you have four boot records that it can scan.
Understood, and thank you for your time anyway.

However, i've always been using McAfee and always had 4 partitions - but until today it read 3 boot records.

Any thoughts?

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03 Nov 2013   #14

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Did you have something attached to your computer while scanning, which it might have scanned also?

Your drive has an additional boot record, your master boot record (MBR). I don't know how your scanner counts that in.
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03 Nov 2013   #15

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pallesenw View Post
Did you have something attached to your computer while scanning, which it might have scanned also?

Your drive have an additional boot record, your master boot record (MBR). I don't know how your scanner counts that in.
Not as far as i'm aware no. I've recently been uploading images from an SD card but i've just checked and it's not in there (and I know it wasn't when the scan was run too)

I have your basic optical mouse...but I've always had that during scans before

Would a root kit cause an additional boot record to show? Or would that manifest in an existing one?

Thanks
MID
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03 Nov 2013   #16

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Anything is possible. A rootkit can manipulate everyting. Even what you see in disk management.
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03 Nov 2013   #17

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pallesenw View Post
Anything is possible. A rootkit can manipulate everyting. Even what you see in disk management.
Ok

I've had little evidence to suggest my PC is being manipulated by a virus, but reading the thread I linked to earlier will give you a fuller understanding of my current situation.

Doing a windows defender scan now to determine if i might have a rootkit or not. After I may run TDSS killer

MID
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03 Nov 2013   #18
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I would not run anything MucAfee which is probably the worst program we have seen here since Windows 7 release. Uninstall it and install free lightweight recommended Microsoft Security Essentials.

With HP's the best way to add another partition to keep Windows 7, Recovery and Diagnostics tools partitions bootable is to convert C to Logical and then shrink it to add as many adjacent logical partitions as you want. How to set partition as Primary or Logical.
Partition or Volume - Shrink
Partition Wizard Create Partition - Video Help

But the HP factory preinstalled Windows 7 is the worst possible install of Windows 7 one can have anyway, so I'd do what most tech enthusiasts do and Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 following the steps to get and keep a perfect Windows 7 install. You'll not even experience real Windows 7 on that PC until you do.
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03 Nov 2013   #19

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Okie dokie, thanks for the info Greg

I may well be getting a new laptop sometime soon so I'm going to hold off on fiddling with partitions, but it's good to know anyway!

As for McAfee, it seems to have kept me safe so far (with the possible exception this time) but people have said to me it's not brilliant.

I'll bear that in mind for my new system. Out of interest, what do you guys consider the best anti-virus+malware? (i'm aware that's probably a hard question to answer)

I'll send you the details of my windows defender and TDSS scans when done

Thanks again
MID
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03 Nov 2013   #20

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Windows defender came up clean


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