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    possibly not the silliest question ever posted

    Hello to all

    Not sure if this is the right place to post this question.

    Is it possible or wise to use a program like 'testdisk' running on an Ubuntu 32-bit system to rewrite the MBR of a Windows 64-bit system hard drive?

    I am only asking because I am cleaning someone's HDD after they got infected with a Trojan called "Dos/Alureon.A.

    They were worried that they might have to do a re-partition and clean install.

    All advice will looked at.

    Thanks in advance for your time

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    Re: possibly not the silliest question ever posted

    I do not know of any reason that the 32 vs 64 issue of the OS would change the way a MBR is written. Others may chime in.

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    Re: possibly not the silliest question ever posted

    Quote Originally Posted by blueridgedog View Post
    I do not know of any reason that the 32 vs 64 issue of the OS would change the way a MBR is written. Others may chime in.
    Thanks for the quick response

    I think I will wait for some more answers mainly because even if it is successful there is no way for me to check that it has worked. My dual-boot box is 32-bit and won't look at anything that is 64-bit.

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    Re: possibly not the silliest question ever posted

    Alureon Recovery
    says:

    "This virus may cause damage to the Master Boot Record (MBR) and Boot Configuration Data (BCD). You will need to run the following commands using the "bootrec.exe" tool to ensure a complete repair of your computer:

    bootrec /fixmbr
    bootrec /fixboot
    bootrec /rebuildbcd"

    using a linux diagnostic disk on a MS-enabled system would have 'unknown' results.

    Specific recovery options are at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392/en-us

    I'd stick to those.

    Good Luck.


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    Re: possibly not the silliest question ever posted

    Marked as solved even though this was a question for some advice. It has been answered.

    Thanks guys.

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