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Old 05-15-2011, 12:51 PM   #1
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Hi - I am new to the forum and just got my computer infected when I opened a file I shouldn't have. Several days later, I began getting a "Hard Drive Failure" dialog box. The internet connection disappeared and my desktop lost all its files. No programs appear in the Start Menu. I am running XP Sp3.
When this happened, I pulled my hard drive and replaced it, but now I find there are 1-2 files which I didn't back up. When I connect the infected hard drive through the USB port, I can see the folders, but no files are shown when the folder is opened. The 'Properties' show files and folder size, but I can't see file names. I am currently running Malwarebytes on the hard drive, but it hasn't found anything.
Is there a way to make the file names reappear? I'm assuming that my new hard drive is not at significant risk since the infected drive is now the slave and the files I want are unlikely to be infected.
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Hi - Appreciate the help, but I have pulled the original infected drive out of the computer. It is now an external drive and I have formatted/installed a new hard drive. I suspect that to use the 'Unhide' program, I would have to reinstall the infected drive so that it boots up. Is that correct?
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Do you see the external drive My Computer (explorer)?

If so copy the unhide.exe in the root of the external drive and run it from there.
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Worked like a charm and I was able to view and transfer the files I needed. I will probably wipe the infected drive and reformat so I can use it as a backup drive.
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