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Reformatting Hd And Viruses


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#1 Yup

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 05:13 PM

Hello,

I am about to use my system recovery CD, which I believe will reformat my hard drive. If I do have viruses/spyware on my computer, will reformatting my hard drive totally remove them? Is there anywhere left for them to hide? Thanks!!

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 05:21 PM

Reformatting should remove viruses completely.
If you have something called a restore partition on your drive, there's a chance the files in there could be infected if the restore CDs don't recreate that partition. If you wipe the entire drive from the CD though, you should be fine.
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Posted 01 February 2007 - 05:23 PM

Thanks... I'm going to give it a go and see what happens.

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 05:30 PM

Actually... I had a thought: I do have a partitioned hard drive... it's only like 7mb's and I have no idea how it happened. Any suggestions on how to eliminate that?

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 06:21 PM

Most likely it's a diagnostic partition set up by the manufacturer, I see it a lot on Dell systems. Generally you don't have to worry about it, but if you like you can remove it if you're using an XP setup disk at the initial partition setup screen, or later in Windows from the Disk Management control panel.
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Posted 01 February 2007 - 06:28 PM

Thanks again :thumbsup:




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