Question about Hard Drives
I had a crippling virus on my computer (Vista HomePremium/OS) that wouldn't allow me to start in safe mode, to boot up or even boot up from a disk. I took out my samsung(sp2504c) hard drive and replaced it with a seagate(barracuda 7200.11), reinstalled the operating system and started from scratch.
1. However, I'd still like to use the original samsung hd as my primary(because all my files and stuff are still on it) and use the seagate as the secondary but I'm afraid that I'll reinfect my computer again before I can scan the samsung with virus software; Also, I really don't know how to configure the jumper pins in order to accomplish this. How can I do this on my own-The manufacturers web site didn't help. (I'm also open to using the seagate as my primary hard drive- just as long as I can somehow transfer all of my files off a virus free samsung, onto it).
2. I'd also like to know if I "should" have formatted the new seagate with 2 partitons ( one with only my OS on it) so as to be able to boot up if this problem ever arose again?
3. By the way-just as an aside-(just curious) If I am able to rid the original samsung hd of this virus, is there any way to transfer the data from one hd to the other? If so, must the data be transferred as a mirror copy with even the same number of partitions on each hard drive? Or can you direct the transferred data to different areas on a differently partioned hard drive?
Questions #1 and #2 are really important to me and any help you can lend toward understanding and resolving this problem would be very appreciated. I'd be very grateful. Thank You.
As long as your primary drive is protected with a virus software dont worry about it. Unplug your cd rom ribbon cable and interface the other infected drive to ide1 or ide 0 whichever way dont try to master slave them. Let windows see the other drive as another drive, then the software should handle the infection.
Pending on the infection you've got the partitions may or may not matter, your better off with a solid parition, less seek times to the data anyway.
Posted on Aug 12, 2008
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Have you tried to remove the virus in safe mode ?
restart your computer repeatedly tapping the f8 key to enter safe mode while the screen is black once in safe mode where the only things working will be your keyboard and mouse allowing you to attempt to repair your computer
Reboot the computer As the computer is booting repeatadly press the F8 key as the computer is booting
If done properly the user should get to a screen similar to the below screen.
Select the option for Safe mode command prompt only
Windows Advanced Options Menu
Please select an option:
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Enable Boot Logging
Enable VGA mode
Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
Directory Services Restore Mode (Windows domain controllers only)
Start Windows Normally
Return to OS Choices Menu
Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice
select the safe mode option
then run your antivirus if still cant get rid of the virus restart again
Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice.
select safe mode with networking download anti malware and microsoft security essentials
anti virus and malware
if still no luck you might have to format your sd card
click start control panel administrive tools computer management disk management right click on your sd card select format
hope it helps
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