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Questions about reformatting with more than one hard drive


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#1 lise500

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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!

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#2 Michael-Anthony

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 08:42 PM

first, you shouldnt need to do anything for the system to see the second drive..

Second, it would depend on how you contracted the infection. If it was an archived file downloaded via p2p netowrk (limewire or the like) that was opened and run, you may need to at least delete that file. Considering scans have returned null on that drive (was the drive included in the scan?) I would say its a safe bet you could keep your important stuff.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 08:42 PM

If you have run scans on the drive it should be fine and there will be no problems recognizing the drive
If it were me, I would unplug it from the system while formatting the other drive. That way you know you can't accidently screw it up
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#4 lise500

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 12:00 AM

I'm sure that some of the Quick Scans didn't scan the second drive but I did full scans with several programs that did the second drive too. I'm not sure how I got the infection (I think it must have been through a link in my browser) but it definitely wasn't from a P2P, so I guess that means it's probably okay?

garmanma - dumb question probably, but you mean physically disconnect it? Is that literally a matter of open up case, unplug, then replug when the main drive is done, or is there more to it?

Thank you both!

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 12:27 AM

Is that literally a matter of open up case, unplug, then replug when the main drive is done,


yep

Just make sure you discharge yourself on the case or wear a wrist band

Edited by Michael-Anthony, 04 December 2008 - 12:29 AM.


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Posted 04 December 2008 - 01:47 PM

Thanks for the reminder, I wouldn't have thought of that! :thumbsup:




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