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Old 10-30-2005, 12:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Adding a Faulty Hard Drive?

I bought a new computer not to long ago, because my old one just wasn't reliable anymore. It had a virus on it that I could just never get rid of. I didn't erase the hard drive though because I had files on it that I could not get rid of without backing up. However once I finally went in to back them up windows crashed completely and I cannot get in. My question now is, if I were to add the old hard drive to my new computer, would I be able to get the files off of it that I needed. Or would adding the hard drive automatically give the new one the virus. I wasn't planning on pulling the files from the old hard drive and putting them on the new one, but rather burning the files I needed onto a dvd burner.

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Old 10-31-2005, 09:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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does the hard drive make any weird noises?
if it does, then it's probabbly dead. then, the only way you could retrieve the data would involve a special lab, and a lot of money.

if not, then can you boot up in safe mode?
and what antivirus program(s) are you using?

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Old 10-31-2005, 02:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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is there still partition data on the other hard drive? if no you may have to repair that..

as for viruses .. no Unless it's a boot sector virus or you open/inquiry an infected file.
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Old 10-31-2005, 03:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Adding a Faulty Hard Drive?

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Or would adding the hard drive automatically give the new one the virus.

No one can say. If you know there are viruses on the drive, I would never connect it to anything else. Use an old box to grab your files off of it, then burn it.

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Old 10-31-2005, 03:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Put the old dirve in as a slave and run your virus/spyware to check the slave for viruses etc. You can then transfer the saved data to you new drive and reformat the slave and use it for back-up.
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