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Can infection(s) travel from hard drive 1 to hard drive 2 ??


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#1 pinkn0rangegal

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Posted 07 December 2015 - 03:34 PM

We're building a new PC with a brand new (therefore, empty) hard drive--a solid state hard drive.  We're considering including my old hard drive (for, obviously, 2 drives) [It's not a solid state drive].

 

My question ...  if my old hard drive is infected, can the virus travel from it to the new hard drive?  (I don't know for a fact that the old one is infected...I did various scans and they had nothing to report.  I just don't know, though, if there could be something lingering; and if so, if it would enter the new hard drive.

 

Alright, I look forward to replies.  Thank you!



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Posted 07 December 2015 - 05:04 PM

If you slave your old hard drive to the new SSD drive so that it appears in Explore when you boot the SSD with your operating system, the only way that a virus could infect your new drive is if:

1.)  the virus is designed to execute if it detects a vulnerable alternate drive, the same as if you insert a USB thumb drive with a virus on it,

2.)  you access the slaved drive and execute the file that contains the virus.

I suggest that you might want to post in the Malware section of this website and have one of the staff there run checks on your old drive.


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Posted 07 December 2015 - 05:30 PM

Since you are using your old hard drive as the second drive it should be formated (after saving any  files to an external device) or wiped.  Once you have done that your chances of getting an infection off it are nil.  I would recommend wiping it with Darik's Boot and Nuke (www.dban.org).  Just download it, write it to a cd, then boot your system and let it wipe your old drive before installing the new drive.



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Posted 07 December 2015 - 08:26 PM

Okay, thanks for your help you two!






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