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Requesting advice on Clean Install Best Practices

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#1 smak451


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Posted 16 July 2010 - 06:19 PM

Hey there -- Any advice on best practices for doing a clean install to get rid of malware? Are there any specific steps to take to ensure a "deep clean" of the HD and thorough ("high level") reformatting (as opposed to 'low level' -- not sure what the differences are)?

Intuitively I'm guessing boot from the CD (after all the valuable advice I've already been offered such as copying wanted, non exe files to disk, checking hidden extensions, downloading drivers and security install programs to disk from a clean computer) and go from there.

Also, once done, how to safely connect to the internet to download updates, or can you download update files and burn those as well to install before connecting)?

BTW, this site absolutely rocks! Thanks so much to all you guys for the help.

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 06:38 PM

Is Call Zero Fill Formating or Low-Level Formating( long time formating

I found this http://www.cezeo.com/products/disk-redactor/ this supports Zero Fill Formating.

Please note what your about to do Is (00000000000) accross the drive which files Cannot be recover,

Before you do this do you have a Windows 7 Upgrade disc or Windows 7 retail disc.

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 07:43 PM

You can use DBan http://www.dban.org/

You will need to do a "clean install" with either upgrade or retail disc.

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#4 smak451

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 10:02 PM

Thanks to both of you. One other question -- I have a Dell laptop with a recovery partition (that I don't intend to use). If I use Dban for example, does it matter if it destroys this disk partition to use the install disk? More importantly, can a RK or virus spread across partitions and hide out in a place like this recovery partition? Thanks again! Sincerely appreciate the help, -- S

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