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help with XP install - re-adding a new internal hard drive.


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#1 mcjakes

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 06:22 AM

Hi,

I'm reinstalling XP on my machine (currently already running XP) as I have a serious rootkit infection.
I have two internal hared drives. and one external (with all my files and data on).

my c:\ drive which has windows on is i think the one infected, and will be the one i will reformat and reinstall XP on...i know how to install xp, done it before.
however somebody installed a second hard drive F:\ on my computer about a year ago, for extra storage.
what i don;t know is what i need to do to either get this hard drive working again, (if anything at all, or will it simply just be recognized when i reinstall XP on other drive?) or re formatted, as i would simply like a blank computer. with a c:\ with new XP on. and a blank and uninfected F:\ (if it infected..i don;t want to take any chances.)

so basically i'm asking... how do i reformat my second hard drive when i'm installing XP on my first?

thanks for your help.

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 09:49 AM

It depends if the second hard drive is infected or not.
In most situations, the second hard drive won't contain anything having to do with the operating system - so any infections on it are easy to deal with.

I'd suggest wiping the hard drive and installing Windows there.
Ensure that Windows is fully updated, then download and install an antivirus program.
Update the antivirus program and scan the entire computer. Since it's a new install of XP, there should be no malware on the C: drive - and the scan will tell you if there's any infected files on the other drive. If it does find infected files, have the antivirus delete them.

Then reboot and scan one more time. If all is well, this second scan will come up clean.

PS - to minimize the chances of getting infected while setting up, disconnect the internet cable from the system when you're not actually using the web (until this procedure is finished).

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 07:10 PM

however somebody installed a second hard drive F:\ on my computer about a year ago, for extra storage.
what i don;t know is what i need to do to either get this hard drive working again, (if anything at all, or will it simply just be recognized when i reinstall XP on other drive?)

Yes, you are correct, XP will recognize it and assign it a drive letter, it may be a different letter instead of F:, but you can change it to F: if you wish by going to

Start > right click on My Computer > Manage > Disk Management

Right click on the drive in question and choose Change Drive Letter.
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