Originally Posted by DesertRat
You didn't even need to remove the drive at all. If you'd have google'd the issue, you'd have found out this is a fairly common infection and it's decently easy to deal with most times.
Even then, you could've used linux on a liveCD or liveUSB and booted to that, attach an external HDD or flash drive, gotten the data off, then used the on-board recovery partition to re-install windows.
This crash wasnt similar to the multiple other fake FBI virus's ive gotten rid of. I would have totally agreed if it was the typical one were thinking of, but this virus seemed to have currupted the drive and would not even get into windows loading screen on the laptop. Plus it cannot be recognized on linux either.
Originally Posted by Techie007
If you haven't got it working yet, try booting your computer normally without connecting the Dell's HDD. When your computer has finished booting, put it into standby, wait for the power to switch off, and then connect the Dell's HDD. Then wake up your computer and see if it detects the HDD without freezing. I have successfully used this technique many times to quickly connect/swap HDDs with either IDE or SATA connections without rebooting the computer.
In my experience, simply hot-swapping a HDD (as someone suggested earlier) usually causes the computer to completely freeze; and, it can also burn out the HDD's controller board (done that).
I have a feeling this might be worse than expected. Ill try your method and see if it works.