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Windows 7: External Hard Drive error ~$WV.FAT32

12 Mar 2013   #21

windows 7 ultimate 32bit


Yeah! I learned a lot from you guys. Thanks so much,
After backing up my files, i decided to format my drive using your instructions, but something went wrong, again. haha
External Hard Drive error ~$WV.FAT32-capture2.jpg

Now i can't see my drive on my computer, i tried using WinRar and Disk management but it still wont show.
Strange that the Safety Remove Hardware icon on my taskbar is still there when i plug my drive.

Bout the question, The "Letrang shortcut" from my HD directory was created by the virus. but the name "Letrang" was created by me. I renamed my HD to Letrang.

Layback Bear

Those "Unimportant stuffs" were my applications and game cracks, it has been there for a long time and I've used them and nothing goes wrong, so I'm pretty sure that those were not the cause of the shortcut virus, knowing that some anti virus see Cracks as suspicious and threat to the computer.

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12 Mar 2013   #22

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Cripes I would have just off loaded data ages ago and just wiped the thing - good thing Yoda Jumanji was about cos all that lost me :)
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13 Mar 2013   #23

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

OT (Off Topic)

Hi ICit2lol,

Yoda: A short, ugly female/chick

Yoda: The most powerful Jedi to ever grace the order. His wisdom and knowledge of the force was unmatched.

Which one do you mean?
Either way it doesn't fit me. Wrong call.
OT: (On Track)

Hi Flippylumpy,

Sorry to know that sanitising the ext. HDD failed. For the time being keep it off and concentrate on your PC.

I am afraid it is very intensively infected with malware of more than one kind as was your ext. HDD. The error message, to my thinking, indicates the presence of some malware in the user temp folder. I know how to delete all temporary files in your user folder but a bit by bit approach is not going to help here. You have to deal with the whole computer.

Seek help in the System Security sub-forum here on how best to cleanse your PC, quoting this thread.

( ICit2lol had recommended malwarebytes in his post #2, among others. Most other experts here also recommend that. Keep your dialogue there open till your computer is clean and then return to this thread on the HDD problem.)

Till your computer is clean, do not connect any external storage devices.
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13 Mar 2013   #24

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10


Jumanji (Yodalite) - umm somewhere in between then say Attila the Hun - big and nasty, plenty of followers, heaps of cash, some rather nasty habits, and still attracts a lot of women
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13 Mar 2013   #25

windows 7 ultimate 32bit
I can't see my External HDD on my computer.


I was trying to format my HDD with HDD Lowlevel format tool when suddenly this error appears,
External Hard Drive error ~$WV.FAT32-capture2.jpg
Now my ext. HDD won't show on My Computer, even in Disk Management and WinRAR. But the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the Taskbar is there, whenever i plug my ext. Hdd.

One senior member here thinks that it indicates the presence of some malware in the user temp folder and i should ask help here.
He also recommends that i should use malwarebytes anti-malware. After scanning my drive C, this is what it founds.

External Hard Drive error ~$WV.FAT32-capture3.jpg

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13 Mar 2013   #26

Windows 7 Pro x64

That senior member was right that a lot of spyware/viruses will hide disk drives.

Why are you using a third-party software to do something Windows can do just fine? Does the hard drive work on any other computers? Try booting in Safe-Mode and checking if the drive exists. Worst case scenario is your hard drive could have died which makes me curious what brand & model is it? You can try running hard drive diagnostics by downloading the software from a manufacturer and booting from it or using Hiren's Boot CD.
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13 Mar 2013   #27

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Hi Flippylumpy,

I wanted you to ask the question "How do I cleanse my PC of all malware?"

Anyway since you are here, I shall give a brief history so that System Security experts can take over and help you.

The OP had a problem. He couldn't open his external HDD. (Seagate)

External Hard Drive error ~$WV.FAT32

I guided him to eliminate all non-data folders that could hide any malware. After doing that and unhiding his data folders, he was able to see his folder and open it too. He has since backed up all data into another drive.

He was just carrying out my suggestion to lowlevel format the external drive and reformat it to sanitise when this error appeared. It is evident his PC is infested and needs to be cleaned.

Not well-versed in malware elimination, I had advised him to seek expert help here. The external drive disappearing during the zerowriting process is now a secondary issue which perhaps can wait till he gets his computer clean.

So the help needed here is how best to cleanse his PC.

Over to the experts here.

EDIT: OK, I had failed to see that he has also given the results of Malwarebytes run.
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13 Mar 2013   #28

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

Download and run the following on-demand scanners,
identify what Real-time Malware protection you're currently running (none? - choose one of the listed) - run a full system scan
Download and create the WDO bootable disc on a system known to be clean. Then boot your machine using the disc you created and scan .

Report any Maleware each finds and the disposition (deleted, quarantined....)

There are other scans that might be required or suggested.

On Demand scans

Real time protection (use only one)

Bootable Offline scanners:
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13 Mar 2013   #29

Windows 7 Home Premium


On the malware issue...

Here is a short program you can run quickly. It will help point out the root of the problem, and then we'll take it from there.

Please download RogueKiller:
Tlcharger RogueKiller (Site Officiel)

When you get to the website, go to where it says:
(Download link) Lien de téléchargement:
Select the version that applies to your 32-bit system: (the one without the x64)
Click the dark-blue button that applies.
Save to the Desktop

Close all windows and browsers
Right-click RogueKiller and select: Run as Administrator

Press: SCAN

When done, a report opens on the Desktop: RKreport.txt

Please provide the RKreport.txt (Mode: Scan) in your reply.
(Please do not delete anything!)

Also, please do not run any programs that clean out temporary files, since we do not know for certain which virus this is. If you do, you may not be able to recover any files.
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14 Mar 2013   #30

windows 7 ultimate 32bit


Thank you for clearing the issue. :) I haven't been doing this kind of malware scans on my pc for a while, i mean, it has never been a habit. The results of the Malwarebytes run is on the 2nd pic that i have attached on my post.


I've only tried the kaspersky TDSSKiller and it does not found any threats, neutralized and quarantine.


Here's the RKreport.txt,

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