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Can viruses infect hidden partitions?

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#1 emannji


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Posted 05 August 2009 - 01:38 PM


I recently got infected with the a virut variant (reader_s) and am planning on reformatting & reinstalling windows.

I have a Thinkpad T60 with a hidden partition for recovery - is it safe to use this (assuming it still works)? Is there any chance the virus would have also infected the hidden partition? I figure it will make my life *slightly* easier in the reinstallation process if I can do so, but I certainly don't want to deal with any viruses popping up again.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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#2 DaChew


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Posted 05 August 2009 - 02:47 PM

I have been told, upon pretty good authority that if windows can see the hidden? partition then Virut can see it and will infect it.

Your mileage may vary


But that's a very good question, many feel you need to completely wipe the drive with kill disk and reload completely from factory CD.

You would then have to use the same software and driver package from your manufacturer as when your hard drive died and had to be replaced.

No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.

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