A few weeks back, my desktop developed a fault – on powering up, it wouldn’t post. The machine came on, fans activated, lights illuminated, but no output to screen, keyboard or mouse. By accident i discovered that removing the onboard hard drives made the problem go away.
Re-connecting the drives via a USB drive dock didn’t see the problem return so I decided I could live with the work around. Except I then found that video files on one drive started to corrupt – they would either play back as random mp3s (from the same directory) or I’d get a codec error (irrespective of what player I used). The drives were becoming too hot to touch so I cooled them with a desk fan and thought I’d fixed it.
But no. The codec problems resurface randomly, as do the video files becoming songs. Then I noticed a directory on the drive called “D” and a subdirectory “2”. Attempts to delete the directories just resulted in them renaming themselves. If I ran Chkdsk it stalls and then renders the whole drive inoperable until I reboot. FileAssassin can’t find a file to remove and Unlocker can’t delete it. Attempts to change the directory properties result in me being told its a security violation, and while I can move and rename the directories on the hard drive, I can’t copy them off. However in trying to back some of the data up, I think I’ve added the problem to another drive. Attempting to delete from the command line has no effect.
I’ve scanned both the C drive and the hard drive and the actual directories itself with Malwarebytes, Avast and Trend Micro. All report no problem. I reckon the only option left is to re format – but I’ll lose about 2TB of music and video, which stings a bit, and it may change nothing if the evil code is on the C drive.
If you’ve read this far – my earnest thanks. If you have any ideas on how I can resolve the problem I’m all ears and fingers.