I had many problems after using Vista RC1 and then re-formatting and re-installing XPpro?SP2 IE7. I made enquires to Microsoft and asked them whether re-formatting would remove Boot viruses, clean the drive, etc and got this reply which might be of some interest I have never seen this sort of information before.
1) No, the full reinstall doesnot remove "mbr" on which there might be a boot virus.
2) Yes,There are some 3rd party programs that can extract information from a formatted drive.
3) Yes, there are some third party programs that can remove boot viruses like solo antivirus.
4) Yes, it is not always important necessary to do a data security scan but in some cases it is important.
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