I've had severe virus problems recently, which I probably got from a friend's external hard drive. As a result I backed up my data on my own external hard drive. What's best practice for cleaning a potentially infected hard drive? My friend has very important data on his potentially infected drive, which needs to be retrieved and transferred to his new laptop. Likewise, I would like to make extra-sure that no nasties are transferred from my own backup drive to my cleaned or, as the case may be, new laptop (my laptop may have died of a hardware defect yesterday, the final diagnosis is still unclear, though).
Do I just disable autorun (already disabled, in fact), plug the potentially infected drive into the new laptop, and scan it with an antivirus and a couple of antimalware programs? Is that safe?