Virus-filled HD

By izx2
Feb 27, 2008
  1. The HD in question is sitting in a storage container as of now. It is placed in a computer that has been abandoned for a while now due to its condition. The PC would boot up, but it would be horribly unusable due to the viruses.

    Now... I got a computer that has nothing to do with it.

    I have been wanting to use the HD in the storage container since I have space for another HD. (The extra GB's would be awesome).

    The problem is that I don't know what would happen if i put the HD in... Would it harm my new computer if I did since it's full of viruses? If so, can I put it in a "controlled environment" somehow and wipe it clean for future use and with what software? And if I wiped it clean, could I transfer it back to the PC in the container and install my OS from there?
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    If you're really paranoid, you can attach the drive, make sure it's detected within the BIOS and then use a boot disk or Linux LiveCD to format the drive.
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    Blargh! The internet here is crap. Sorry for the double post..
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