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Windows 7: Red X over my HDD icon


05 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Red X over my HDD icon

I just got done building my new system. Ive been messing with windows 7 for 2 days now. Today I was downloading somethings on the interweb trying to get my monitor to display a good picture through the HDMI cable (which is still an unresolved problem.) But anyway I went to My Computer to access my C: drive and I noticed that my other two drive (my storage and backup drive both do not have the OS on them) have a red X over the HDD icons. I did some google searches and they say I have a Trojan Virus. I did an AVG scan and it says I have no threats. So what happened? Do I really have a problem and how can fix it? Also how can I restore the icon to normal? I guess I could format and reinstall windows because I havnt put hardly anything on my drives yet. I would prefer not to I guess I could.

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05 Dec 2009   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Do you see red X if look at your drives in disk management?

You could go into safe mode with F8 at boot and rescan with both AVG and Malware Bytes (from malwarebytes.org).

Are both of the red X drives external and did they ever operate properly after you installed Windows 7?
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05 Dec 2009   #3

 

Can you actually access these drives? Since the OS is not on them, you can format them without a reinstall.
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05 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok I checked the drives in Device Manager they all looked good there. I forgot to mention that that the C: drive does not have an X and both of the others are still working properly just with Xs. I ran malwarebytes and it too came up as a clean system. Im really only concerned that if I have a real problem, and I start loading lots of programs and files on it, and then it crashes that would not be a good day! I would like to nip this in the butt early before something bad might happen later! I have attached a screen shot to help people identify with what I'm talking about. Also I have tried formatting the 1TB drive it did say format successful and then I restarted and the X was still there.


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05 Dec 2009   #5

 

Since they are empty, why not try a quick format and see if that resolves the issue?
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05 Dec 2009   #6

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Do you see red X if look at your drives in disk management?
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05 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Do you see red X if look at your drives in disk management?
Sorry ignatzatsonic I miss read your first post and checked the wrong thing. In Disk Management all the drives say "Healthy" with no Xs
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06 Dec 2009   #8

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I frankly don't know what the red X means, but if the drivers have nothing on them, I would do what RogerR suggested and reformat them. You can do that directly from Disk Management.



Have these drives ever worked properly, regardless of operating system?
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06 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The 500GB and the 1TB drives are new. The 150GB drive is many years old and has always worked fine. As I said before I formatted the 1TB drive and the X did not go away...
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06 Dec 2009   #10

7 Pro64 Hopefully
 
 

Last time I saw that had to "import foreign". When you say format, did you just format or delete partition and create new and then format?
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