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Old 10-15-2010, 08:32 AM   #1
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Hello:

I have a HP Pavillion dv6000 that is full of virus.

It has Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bits.

The problem is that when I run a self hard drive test from the BIOS it says "Test status: #10009 - Replace Hard Disk".

According to HP support this means a PHYSICAL damage.

But the main question is:

Could the virus caused this physical damage or it sounds more like this problem was already present before the virus infection?

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Old 10-15-2010, 08:55 AM   #2
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Please find a text file with the SMART results

What you guys think?

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Old 10-16-2010, 07:02 PM   #3
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Hello robertin75,

Technically, no, the virus itself will not directly damage a hard drive. The hard drive was likely in the process of failing beforehand.
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Weird as this may sound but I just formated the hard drive and installed a fresh copy of Windows and re-ran the BIOS hard disk test and the "Replace Hard Disk" message no longer shows up.

Any ideas on what could've happened?¨

I scared my client by telling her that she needed to purchase another HDD ASAP because the fujitsu one is about to be unusable.
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Although I remember that I ran spinrite and selected testing optin I believe it was 4 and in the fourth checking block it got stuck for about 20 minutes and later on I had to abort the test as I needed to work on the Windows installation.

Wonder if this hard drive is still on the verge of dying.
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You would do best discussing this with the folks in our Hardware Support Section http://www.techsupportforum.com/f16/

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