How to Scan W7 SYSTEM Partition?

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  1. TheMozart

    TheMozart Former Poster

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    On my W7, I have a HIDDEN partition called "SYSTEM" which is around 100MB in size.

    Can Malware see and read and write to this partition?

    And how can I scan it for malware and virus?:blink:

    See this to understand which partition I mean:

    http://i50.tinypic.com/9gegw9.jpg

    Notice the SYSTEM partition that says 199MB? That's the one I mean.
     
  2. aladdin

    aladdin Registered Member

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    This partition is useless and only for Windows Anytime Upgrade. The greed of Microsoft.

    Microsoft gives you BitLocker only with Ultimate/Enterprise Editions. Basically, if you have either of these two Ultimate/Enterprise Editions and want to use BitLocker and encrypt your "system drive partition", then you have a small partition, which contains the bootmgr and is not encrypted, thus allowing you to boot from it and then decrypt the "system drive partition".

    One should get rid of it for following reasons:

    1. It is useless and not required.
    2. Each MBR allows four partitions and it takes one of the partitions.
    3. And, more importantly each hard disk allows for four primary partitions, and it takes up one of the primary partitions.
    4. Which forces one into logical partitions and more MBRs.

    I have gotten rid of this on more than 20 computers with no ill effect.

    Best regards,

    KOR!
     
  3. aladdin

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    Here is a screen shot of my daughter's hard disk again"
     

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    aladdin Registered Member

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    See how is her hard disk. She has WIN7 x64 on her laptop

    1. Four Primary Partitions, that is the maximum allowed.
    2. No Logical Partitions.
    3. One MBR and not two MBR.
    4. Her "System Drive Partition" is very small for making quick and efficient imaging.
    5. Her "SIMs Partition" is again very small and separate with "GameData" in it.
    6. Her "DataDisk Partition" is again very small and separate from the "System Drive Partition"
    7. The "Master Partition" is the biggest for her Music and Videos.

    Now compare this with your partitions, you have both Primary and Logical Partitions. And, your "System Drive Partition" is very, very big and 91% free.

    Best regards,

    KOR!
     
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  5. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

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    I think that an Antivirus Rescue CD can scan this partition. A few suggestions are:

    1. Dr.Web LiveCD
    2. Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10
    3. Avira Rescue System CD
    4. Bitdefender Rescue CD
     
  6. TheMozart

    TheMozart Former Poster

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    Thanks TK7, but I have removed the SYSTEM Partition.:thumb:
     
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