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#1 xEnvious

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 08:41 PM

I will be reformatting my computer soon, so I need to backup my files such as music, photos, etc. I just wanted to know if it was possible that viruses or malware can jump from one HD to another without me transferring files between the two.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 09:49 AM

Hi :thumbsup:.

I'm not sure what you are asking.

If you are asking if an infection spreads from one hard drive to another...on the same system...the answer is yes.

Malware targets a system...it doesn't matter what components are on a system. 100 hard drives in a single system, 100 systems on a single network...malware can spread to each/every one.

Malware doesn't play by the rules of normal file transfer...where I would have to copy or move File A to Drive D, if I wanted it there. Malware has it's own unique method of spreading.

This is almost 10 years old...but, IMO, you may gain by reading it: http://www.faqs.org/faqs/computer-virus/new-users/

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 12:06 PM

Ah, I already knew about infections being able to spread through a network.

But how about an infection spreading from one HD to another HD within the same computer? Is it the same deal?

Thanks.

Edited by xEnvious, 22 October 2008 - 12:08 PM.


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Posted 22 October 2008 - 07:12 PM

I tried to express this before so that you might understand it...it depends on how the virus is being transmitted and to what types of files, IMO.

But I'm no expert on this (or anything else).

The drives are part of the system...it's the system that is infected, not just a drive or a partition. Determining the extent of that infection is something that seems to be only done in light of problems that surface afterwards.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 07:24 PM

Ah okay. Gotcha, thanks.




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