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Clean install and wiping out recovery partition


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#1 smak451

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 02:02 AM

I don't plan on using this partition so I'm wondering if it's okay to wipe that clean as well (if I can get access) using something like DBan? If so can it cause problems with my microsoft license using the reinstall disk? Thanks.

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 03:39 AM

Hi... I'm not an expert or anything, but recently I thought I had a boot sector virus.

*here is some info*
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boot_sector

I was looking on how to get rid of one... and some sources say that you may have to do a flash of the motherboard, then a low level wipe of the hard drive, but wait until one of the main guys/gals gives you more info...

I really don't want to steer you wrong.

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 04:04 AM

Thanks man, if you have a boot sector virus wouldn't booting from the install disk and then doing the wipe take of it? Just go into your BIOS and configure CD ROM to be first in line to boot. I'm not an expert or anything either, but that's the advice I was given. Take Care.

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 12:25 PM

Factory reinstalls...using manufacturer-supplied CDs/DVDs...are governed by procedures set up by the system manufacturer.

To see if such disks require files stored on the hard drive...you have to inspect your documentation for using said disks.

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 05:39 AM

Thanks Louis, if I can find it I will. But can viruses/malware jump the partition and hide out in the recovery drive? The RK I have seems sophisticated so just go through the reinstall while leaving the recovery drive would be a waste of time if this were probable. Any ideas? Thanks.




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