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Windows 7: Is it possable to have a virus from one HDD to another.


18 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 8.1 Pro x86 (Temporary)
 
 
Is it possable to have a virus from one HDD to another.

So I've been running out of space in my 500 gig WD Caviar Blue and I saw that I had another HDD lying around but I forgot if that HDD (WD Caviar SE16) had a virus or I just forgot to install it in my PC. I would NOT install it yet because I'm afraid it would put a virus on my current HDD. Is it possible to clean the drive of all of its contents w/o getting a virus on the main drive?

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18 Jan 2014   #2

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Some malware can be very tricky. Think government. However, if you were to format your HDD, it is very very unlikely that any virus can escape. I would recommend after all is said and done, that you run a full antivirus scan just to make sure you are good to go. I would do it, personally, unless said virus was such that it took over my computer and gave me no control. If it is just a 'little guy', go for it.
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18 Jan 2014   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro x86 (Temporary)
 
 

You know, after I think about it, I do remember that having a major virus that took over my Vista Home Premium. That is why I had to get a new PC, The one I'm using now. Would going into safe mode help?
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18 Jan 2014   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

When you open a file that contains a virus, you catch it. The thing to do is to give the HDD a thorough malware scan before you open any files from it.

Or, if the data on that HDD is not relevant any more, do a Clean All from Command Prompt. That will take a little while but it overwrites everything with zeros.
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18 Jan 2014   #5

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

It is a small risk.

Make sure your computer is completely updated, programs are updated, and antivirus is updated.

If you have an old computer laying around to use to reformat it, then go for it. If not, you could attempt to disable autoplay for all drives: AutoPlay - Enable or Disable (and then later re-enable it after all is done)

Then plug in the HDD, custom scan that location for viruses and reformat.
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18 Jan 2014   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro x86 (Temporary)
 
 

OK. I will try that now. Hope it works (If the files still happen to transfer, would Microsoft Security Essentials and MalwareBytes clean them?)
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18 Jan 2014   #7

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Forgot to mention, do a full reformat, not a quick one. It will take longer
*Edit* opps, didn't see 'whs' post
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18 Jan 2014   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro x86 (Temporary)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
It is a small risk.

Make sure your computer is completely updated, programs are updated, and antivirus is updated.

If you have an old computer laying around to use to reformat it, then go for it. If not, you could attempt to disable autoplay for all drives: AutoPlay - Enable or Disable (and then later re-enable it after all is done)

Then plug in the HDD, custom scan that location for viruses and reformat.

This is the newest pc in the house. the rest uses ide connections, not sata.
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18 Jan 2014   #9

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dukethedj View Post
If the files still happen to transfer, would Microsoft Security Essentials and MalwareBytes clean them?
yes, but you would do a full scan.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dukethedj View Post
This is the newest pc in the house. the rest uses ide connections, not sata.
Then the new computer it is
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18 Jan 2014   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro x86 (Temporary)
 
 

I just finished formatting and scanning just now and it is working fine!
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