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Can viruses infect other drives?

By wallabing
Mar 24, 2007
  1. Just before I reformat, can viruses infect my other disks? I have a another 160gb and 40gb that has some stuff on it, and I just cleaned my system of a virus a week ago. Is it safe, or should I back up all of my stuff to a DVD and format all my drives?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,860   +901

    the short answer is YES they can.

    Lovebug was a virus that propogated via SHARES on the lan.

    The practical side suggests that only Bootable HDs or HDs with a \windows
    directory would be sought after by a virus/trojan as a data disk would never
    be used to execute code necessary to force the infection.

    HOWEVER, if it's precious to you -- protect it :)
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