Can you partitioned a hard drive, for downloading files that maybe virus infected?

By rutgers96 ยท 4 replies
Nov 16, 2003
  1. Can you do this, so it does not effect other drives in your computer? twice this week, I had to perform a clean system install. I had some virus which prevented my anti-virus, from working.

    If the partitioned drive is effected, will it effect other drives?

    Can someone plz, let me the reason why you can partitioned?
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Is what you are asking:

    Is it a good idea to have a dedicated partition for downloading files only, a sort of quaranteen, if you like?


    If so, then....

    Yeah. I guess so.

    I have a dedicated downloads area on my machine(s) yes.
  3. rutgers96

    rutgers96 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Phantasm66, can you plz, explain to me what you have and how you got it?

    Yes, I am referring to a partition that is just for downloading things, like kazaa, so it does not effect my main work area? I never really thought about this, until two clean windows xp install, a few days ago.
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    If you open an infected file & the virus get loaded in memory, it will probably look for system files & infect them, no matter what partition they are on.

    Just keep your Anti-Virus up to date & always scan the files you download before opening them. If you follow these tips, you should be fine.

    PS. There's no need for a double thread.
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    A separate pertition is still good.

    You can clean the Windows partition and then manually get rid of bad stuff on the storage partition - no memory resident executables there.

    Plus, most downloading programs don't do file preallocation and downloading many things at a time will give you a very fragmented partition. And you don't want to slow down your system.
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