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I need to get files and drivers out of my h:drive after i had a virus how do i do that?

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    buffalonyman May 11, 2010

    Did you get rid of the virus?

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    If the virus has currupted your files  the only way to get them back is through a service which is very expensive. Sometimes attemting to restore using the windows disk wil say that it found an existing windows and do you want to repair it? If you say yes,the files will still be in your documents folder. If what you want to get back in not within windows but on the hard drive elsewhere,you may be able to install the hard drive into another computer as a second drive and obtain the files from it.  


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Generally the safest way to recover data from a computer that is known to have a virus is to use a combination of a bootable CD-based Operating System and an additional storage location.

There are many LiveCD linux discs to choose from, but Ubuntu is very simple to use and their support forums are popular and active.
You can get some information and download the software here

You will need an additional storage location (another hard drive, an external drive, a memory stick, or blank CDs) to archive your data.

Running off the LiveCD will not expose you to the virus activity, and will allow you to locate and recover your files.


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I think you using a Windows operating system, so whatever you do, some of your files may be corrupted since now depending on the virus type (Some viruses for example effect only the executables so you can recover your documents, maybe). So I recommend you to use a Live CD with a linux distribution, which is an environment that a Windows virus cannot effect. So basicly, you should download a Live CD, boot your PC with that CD (without letting Windows to start) and save the data that you want to another storage area, then check them with an antivirus on other computer. Some Live CD links are below. Hope this helps.

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