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    SubjectRe: WAY OT--Crisis...virus! Need help
    > OTOH I heard about cases when people used
    > 'gpart' and got back enough of information to make further recovery at
    > least reasonably easy.

    It worked for me to recover all but the first partition on CIH-damaged
    computers, once I used it on a drive which was unaffected and saw what
    results it returned on that drive compared to what the actual partition
    table was. However it gave partly incorrect answers:

    - the numbers it gives are off by one, it starts at 0 and fdisk
    starts at one. add one.
    - it doesn't properly recognize extended Win95 partitions. if
    you notice partition offset is about 60(?) blocks higher than it
    should be when worked out by hand, that seems to indicate an
    extended partition. create a type 5 extended partition and
    the relevant partition type inside it.
    - mount and dmesg are your friends, use then once you have a
    'reasonable guess'.

    > Going back to "Chernobyl virus" - I was told that it destroys
    > FAT tables, backup FAT tables, partition tables and after that
    > attempts to overwrite BIOS.

    I've heard it does all kinds of things. Actually fixing affected
    machines for friends/family tells me it only overwrites about the
    first 1Mb of the first drive in the system, leaving any extra
    partitions on that drive and any additional drives fine. It also
    will destroy the BIOS flash chip in most cases. The stories
    of "we lost everything" mean that the people were too stupid and
    believed the anti-virus companies who told them it was unrecoverable,
    and as a result lost masses of otherwise recoverable data. Wonder
    if anyone will sue the anti-virus companies for giving out such
    harmful false information :-) I have submitted a feedback form on
    each anti-virus site I've come across pointing out that they are
    doing harm by spreading such misinformation, but they probably
    won't change, since making the damage out as worse than it really
    is is how they can sell more copies of their products. Loosing
    C: isn't very important for most people since it is only Windows
    and programs, and rarely has real data on it.


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