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I was wondering.... If I have my operating system and unecessary things on one harddrive, and all of my most important things stored on another. if I get a virus, Is it only the operating system that is infected? Can that one harddrive be wiped out and all my important stuff is still untouched on the other harddrive?
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Depends on the virus... And if your OS is really infected you may not be able to even access it without a complete format so that would annihilate the rest of your stuff..

If you want to make sure, back it up. Always the smart thing to do if you can't afford to loose data.
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Even if the things are on seperate hard disks, if they are connected to the motherboard, then a virus can travel from drive to drive
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If its a good virus, it can spread throughout your entire Computer, into your second HD, into your flash drive if you have one connected, into another computer if its connected on your network.

It can even hide itself in your motherboard BIOS memory so after you reformat it will go back into your OS registry and infect it again without you ever being on the internet or anything.
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post #5 of 5
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So can you backup the OS? If I get a virus, just format the harddrive and then plug in the backup. everything will come back to normal without windows asking for the key again?
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