Quote: Originally Posted by soulfood
hey, i want to format a new external 2 TB hard drive, will that get a virus? thanks
The virus affects the operating system but can be stored in data files, emails attachments, executables, etc.... If you store an infected file on the external drive, the file will be infected, even if you move it to another system. The virus won't do anything though without an operating system to execute to infect.
Unplugging the external drive will only partially protect you. As soon as you connect it, a virus has the potential to spread itself to other files on the disk. Worth noting though is that most viruses tend to focus on the C:\ drive or for the more sophisticated virus it will use the %SYSTEM_HOME% variable (or others) to find where to install.