If i have a old HD from a previous build that may have a virus on it, what would be the best way to get certain pictures or files from that HD without getting the virus?
I don't know much about security, but I'd either plug in a flash drive and go for it, or put an anti-virus on a flash drive and run it on the infected computer. If you don't have an anti-virus, there are some really good free ones. I use Avast
If i have a old HD from a previous build that may have a virus on it, what would be the best way to get certain pictures or files from that HD without getting the virus?Videodogg
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I would just hook up the hdd to a system with an anti virus on it you should be fine 04dcarraherThis ^^ If its an old HD, then its an old virus and any AV program should be able to catch it. optionally you can do what shadowDeathx said. Both options would work.
So long as you are running any current major anti-virus program on your computer and your computer is current on all of its security updates, it's generally pretty safe to plug the old hard drive in.
Most viruses these days come in the form of worms and webpage malware. These are distinct files that typically deposit themselves in directories -other- than your My Documents, Desktop or Pictures folders because the idea is they don't want you to find them. They don't really "attach" themselves to existing files the way they used to in the old days becuase it's much easier to infect computers over the internet. If you add the drive into your computer as a secondary drive, copy the files off that you need, then format the drive then you are fine. So long as you don't "run" a virus file on the hard drive then you are fine, and with current security patches then even if you -did- accidentally try to run a virus file you'd be protected.
You can even run a full scan of the drive if you really want to, but that's probably a waste of time since if this was an OS drive the bulk of the data on it you don't really care about so you don't need to spend hours cleaning it.
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[QUOTE="clyde46"][QUOTE="Videodogg"]You could try using a Live CD of Ubuntu. This^Thirded, this would certainly be the safest route. Run a Live CD of Ubuntu and just copy the files you want to save on a new partition then format the infected partition and reinstall Windows.
If i have a old HD from a previous build that may have a virus on it, what would be the best way to get certain pictures or files from that HD without getting the virus?ShadowDeathX