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Will a standard windows format reset the MBR?

By AlbertLionheart
Nov 7, 2008
  1. I need to clear/reset the MBR to remove a virus - will a standard windows format do this or should I use the manufacturers tools to perform a low level format? Or maybe another tool?
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Just do a full format from the XP install disc, instead of using the quick format option
     
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Why not use Windows Repair to write a new MBR instead? Then just format the drive as usual and re-install the OS.
     
  4. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,026

    I know about fixmbr but don't know if it will fix an mbr that windows thinks is OK.
    I think I will have to do a full low level format to be sure.
    thanks everyone!
     
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    It will. I've tried it.

    But if you'd like to be thorough and do a full format, then that's great, being thorough is never a bad thing IMO. :)
     
  6. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,026

    Thanks Rage - thats all I needed to know!
     
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