Messages I see (Windows XP Home, SP 3): Every day: "The file or directory C:\$Extend$ObjId is corrupt and unreadable. Please run the Chkdsk utililty." Occasionally: "The file or directory C:\$Mft is corrupt and unreadable. Please run the Chkdsk utililty." After a problem that is too complicated to describe here occurred, several months ago, Chkdsk ran at every startup. Every time it ran, it corrupted more files. I finally learned how to stop that, but now (1) Many programs display the C:\$Extend$ObjId message above when they start, and Outlook displays it many times every time I use it; (2) No file of any kind before a certain date can be moved, deleted, updated, renamed, replaced, etc., but almost all can be opened and edited; (3) Because of (2), no updates of any software can occur, including Windows XP and Internet Explorer, except for software installed for the first time after the date mentioned in (2); (4) Outlook did not work at all until I created a new outlook.pst file, named outlook2.pst because the original corrupted file could not be deleted, moved, etc.; (5) Windows Explorer displays only files and folders with names starting with letters up to P in C:\Windows and the System subfolder, although I know the remaining files and subfolders are there because they can be accessed when needed. (6) At every startup, a message appears saying, "One of the files containing the system's Registry data had to be recovered by use of a log or alternate copy. The recovery was successful."
How can I repair C:\$Mft and C:\$Extend$ObjId, knowing that Chkdsk does not repair them, as well as the undeletable, unrenamable files?
I cannot use the recovery CD and reinstall everything because I have over 100 programs that can't be reinstalled (such as Giveaway of the Day programs).
I do not see a forum that seems to be appropriate for this question. If somebody knows, please put it there for me.
Moved byMax Wang_ChinasoftWednesday, April 27, 2011 7:05 PMforum consolidation (From:General Discussion)
Probably because of the inability to update Windows and programs over a period of months, the drive became infected with malware. Eventually, when I tried startup in safe mode in order to do more thorough virus and malware scans, the result was a blue
screen saying that the operating system had been shut down for safety because of probable viruses.
Using the replacement drive, I created an Avira rescue CD, but it could not find any infections on the original drive, even the ones I knew about from scans by other antivirus programs.
I also created a Paragon Rescue Kit CD, but that could not solve the problem of the messed up operating system.
After that I created a Linux Mint 8.0 live CD that I could use to copy my documents and saved files to an external drive. I am still trying to learn how to copy a file from C: to the external drive in Linux.
I also plan to try making the original drive a slave drive in order to scan it for viruses, malware, etc. from the new C drive, after loading up the new drive with several antivirus and anti-malware programs (Norton, TrendMicro Housecall, McAfee, AdAware,
Spybot SD, Rootkit Revealer, Hijack This).
Incidentally, what I needed to know about back in the beginning was System File Checker. By the time I discovered SFC and tried to run it, it would not run; it started up and then hung.