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So, my cousin gave my father a 160GB HDD that she wanted smashed. Apparently it has a virus on it and she didn't want her personal photos or information just being thrown into the garbage. Why she couldn't smash it herself? Well, she's extremely fat and lazy.

My father brought it home. I wondered why he had a HDD in his hand and he told me. I decided to take it. Why not right? Free 160GB HDD I can use to keep some files on as a back up!

Here's the drive here. It's from 2005.

But I do have some questions that I need answering...

Should I plug the HDD into my USB HDD dock then reformat, scan for viruses/malware/spyware, and if it's all clear use it? Or would I be risking having the virus jump from the HDD to my laptops boot drive?

The reason I ask is because it seems like a waste to dispose of a HDD just because it has a virus on it... That's what AV is for. Derp.
post #2 of 7
the route i would follow is plug it into a computer as a primary disk (unplug all other drives) and use a windows installation disk to format the disk in set up. then when its formatted boot into windows on your original drive and use software to do a full wipe of the disk
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do not plug it while running windows, unplug all your drives, boot into something that will let you format a drive, windows 7 setup will do.
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Boot from a live CD or windows setup disc and zero write the drive.
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Sounds good. Thanks for the advice everyone! Free hardware FTW wink.gif +REP to you all
post #6 of 7
Grab Hirens boot CD and run the WD utility and write zeros to the drive.
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Boot from a linux livecd and format the drive.
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