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My Hard Drive Randomly Locked?

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  2. #22


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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    It shows the blinking cursor right before it starts the boot process, so something is halting it. I was wondering if you had a TPM chip, or other security device on your system. Or, did you ever have Bitlocker installed?

    Unlock a BitLocker-protected drive
    Bitlocker was installed but I never used it.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    That link is no help, it assumes you can get into Win 8.

    How To Remove BitLocker Encryption in Windows 7 - Unlock For Us

    Try SIW2's link - That looks promising
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    Windows 8 Professional 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    That link is no help, it assumes you can get into Win 8.

    How To Remove BitLocker Encryption in Windows 7 - Unlock For Us

    Try SIW2's link - That looks promising
    Something I noticed was my first partition is 350 MB and keeps reverting back to something in Spanish even after I delete it and reformat it. I wonder if maybe my system is booting into that? It's never been there before.
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  5. #25


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Sounds like a virus of some sort, it's possible. If you can boot to Hiren's there are Anti Virus programs on the disk. Windows 7 needed to make some sort of 100 MB partition which held the grub loader, Windows 8 does not need to do this, so that 350mb partition ought not to be there.

    If you can get into Hiren's and if Hiren's can access the drive, you can connect it to the Net and download Partition Wizard Home version 7.x- You can try to use that to expand the System partition to full disk size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Sounds like a virus of some sort, it's possible. If you can boot to Hiren's there are Anti Virus programs on the disk. Windows 7 needed to make some sort of 100 MB partition which held the grub loader, Windows 8 does not need to do this, so that 350mb partition ought not to be there.

    If you can get into Hiren's and if Hiren's can access the drive, you can connect it to the Net and download Partition Wizard Home version 7.x- You can try to use that to expand the System partition to full disk size.
    I think you may be right. Although, I'm not sure where the virus would have come from I've scanned all the files I normally use they're all 100% virus free. It may be the virus I got from a shifty installer awhile back that made me have to restore Windows that maybe stayed there. I'm about to boot into that CD, wish me luck.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I used to get shifty installers all the time, even from sites like cNet :/ I had one that installed a hidden version of mIRC, which connected to my Intuit folder and tried to send the contents to a remote IP address. Fortunately, I wasn't using Quicken at the time.

    A rootkit sometimes will not show up in an AV scan, they get into your system and lock out things like Windows Firewall and prevent you from running any other AV programs. But you can only run a rootkit check on a drive from within the OS on that drive, there are ways to scan for them from without, but it's difficult. But this spanish partition, it's got to be part of your problem. Did you ever install Windows 8 using Spanish as the first language? Or, maybe the installer was in Spanish and you added English?
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I used to get shifty installers all the time, even from sites like cNet :/ I had one that installed a hidden version of mIRC, which connected to my Intuit folder and tried to send the contents to a remote IP address. Fortunately, I wasn't using Quicken at the time.

    A rootkit sometimes will not show up in an AV scan, they get into your system and lock out things like Windows Firewall and prevent you from running any other AV programs. But you can only run a rootkit check on a drive from within the OS on that drive, there are ways to scan for them from without, but it's difficult. But this spanish partition, it's got to be part of your problem. Did you ever install Windows 8 using Spanish as the first language? Or, maybe the installer was in Spanish and you added English?
    No it was always English by default. The sad thing is the first time I don't install Bitdefender on a fresh install of Windows 8 this happens, just my luck. Anyways, I have to reburn that ISO I tried it with PowerISO on a USB and got a boot error, it's burning with the program in the actual zip now.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I found this recovery disk tool, I'm going to download it and see if it's useful:

    Windows 7/8 - OEM Recovery Partition Creator

    I'll check it out and ask Shawn if we can use it for official forum tutorials.

    Here's the actual Download page for it:

    AnarethoS Place
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I found this recovery disk tool, I'm going to download it and see if it's useful:

    Windows 7/8 - OEM Recovery Partition Creator

    I'll check it out and ask Shawn if we can use it for official forum tutorials.

    Here's the actual Download page for it:

    AnarethoS Place

    Alright. It finally booted (XP brings back childhood memories Click image for larger version). Anyways, I've successfully accessed the C:/ disk, I'm going to install that Partition Manager now and see if I can get rid of that Spanish partition.
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