I actually did post it there. Thanks. Here's a wipe/format question, though:
If I use Diskpart or another utility (such as KillDisk or DBAN), is it possible to wipe the HD first but don't format it yet? (Or do all wipes also format?)
Then I would do the format to NTFS later, after flashing Mobo.
While still unformatted, will the HD be un-writable, and thus un-infectable?