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How do I interface a 2ndery hard drive?

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 7200.10), reinstalled the operating system and started from scratch.
1. My problem: I'd still like to use the samsung as my secondary storage device because it still has alot of my files and stuff on it-but I'm afraid that if I re-install it, I'll "re-infect" my computer again before I can scan the samsung with virus software; Also, I really don't know how to do this. Someone else told me not to master/slave the drives- just "unplug your cd rom ribbon cable and interface the infected drive to ide 1 or ide 0". How do I interface the drive to ide 1 ?

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If you'd want to save money, just by switching the jumper switch on the back of the hard drive should switch it over and you wont have much of an issue because most viruses that infect hard, infect in the system files, and as a slave it wont open those.

Most hard drives now come with a label to tell you how to switch it to slave. If you're still suspicious about it, install a trial of a good virus protection program and then hook up your infected hard drive to be safe. My suggestion would be trend micro. You can also run a free online scan with them at housecall.trendmicro.com.

Hope that helps.

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I would suggest that you buy a cheap USB2 to IDE converter from EBAY (they are a few pounds shipped in about a week from Hong Kong). You can use the power from the PC PSU and attach the drive to the USB cable, and then plug it in once your PC is running.

That way, there is no risk that you will boot from your drive when you re-attach it to your PC because you will already be running and can "hot plug" it. Best to turn off AutoRun first, then plug in your drive using your new USB cable and browse around it for the files you want. Make sure you virus-scan any files before running them on your newly disinfected system!

Once your drive is attached, you can virus-scan it, but might be better to salvage the files you wnat and then re-format the old drive. You can leave it attached internally via the USB (just run the wire out throu' a PCI slot hole if you have no internal USB ports, or you can change the little black jumpers on the back to "slave" mode and attach it to the spare plug on the IDE ribbon-cable of either your HD or your CD-ROM. Which you choose would depend how worried you are about the speed of your various drives.

Hope that's some use.

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