Best way to clean an infected portable hard drive
Posted on 2009-05-05
I had a virus on my pc and decided to reload the os as the virus/malware was quite aggressive and I didnt want to deal with my pc possibly being unsecure. I took all the files I needed from my pc (docs/pics/music etc) and put them on a portable hard drive. I know the hard drive is infected because I used it earlier to transfer some files from on pc to another and it infected the other pc. So I am reinstalling both operating systems, they will be clean.
My question is - how do I go about cleaning this portable hard drive? What programs do you recommend (I can and am willing to run multiple) to clean this. Another question if all these programs are saying its clean - can I trust it or is there always a chance that its infected? There is no os on the hard drive, just pictures/music/docs etc.
I would like to be able to transfer some of the things on the hd back onto my main pc's without having to worry about it re infecting (especially after doing all the work of reloading the os's.)
Thanks in advance,