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Old infected hard drive, safe to access?

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#1 Systemist


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Posted 14 August 2012 - 08:15 AM

Hi all,

I had a Windows 7 installation on my old hard drive which got infected with rootkit.0access. I tried removing it with malwarebytes but it kept coming back. Also originally MB did get rid of a few other infections (successfully it seems). Anyway, I decided to abandon the windows installation and start again on a new solid state drive.

I've had the old HD unplugged since I did the new install. Is it safe to plug it in, boot to my new HD, do a scan, and start picking my files out? Obviously I won't run any programs from it...

Thanks peeps.

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#2 Broni


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Posted 14 August 2012 - 11:18 AM

It'll be safer to put that old hard drive in USB hard drive enclosure.
Install Panda USB Vaccine, or BitDefender’s USB Immunizer on your computer to protect it from any infected USB device.
Now you'll be safe to plug USB enclosure in and scan the drive with your AV program.

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