Posted 03 December 2008 - 08:31 PM
I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but nowhere seemed especially better. Please let me know if I should ask elsewhere!
My operating system is Windows XP Professional.
I've been advised that in order to fully clean the impact of a recent virus/malware infection, I need to reformat. I've read several tutorials on doing this and it seems like it will be fully doable, but I have a few questions that I haven't been able to find answers to:
First - I have an second internal hard drive which my computer didn't come with; I got it added after I'd had the computer for a while. After I reformat my main hard drive, will it still be able to find/recognize the second hard drive? I think that when the second hard drive was added msconfig was changed (since after that it always opened when Windows started, and never had before); will I need to change something to get the reformatted hard drive to recognize the other drive?
Second - (more of a virus/malware question) do I need to reformat my second drive? It has no operating system files, just storage for music and video files, and none of the many scans I ran ever turned up anything on the second hard drive, but I don't know enough to be sure it's clean/safe as is.
I appreciate any help. Thank you!