My friend's computer has been hit by a virus so that the only response to turning on the unit is: first a full screen graphic saying Hewlitt Packard--wich stays on-screen for 35 seconds, then flips to Microsoft's Windows ME graphic. ..but nothing ever opens any further.
No keyboard key or any mouse movement have any effect.
It was my intention to format the hard drive from DOS--but the computer never started off with the two screens of white letters on black allowing me to enter Set-up.
I never thought to see if the boot sequence happened to start with A:/ drive, but as i had to change the sequence in mine, I didn't think to try. ..so I never even tried a boot disk.
My computer is running Windows ME [as is the infected Hard drive].
My question is: can I plug his infected hard drive into an ATA 133 PCI Adapter Card on my computer and [A]: run a virus scan on it as a periferal drive? [B]: format it as a periferal drive to my existing Windows ME Operating System--without my computer getting infected as it recognises a new piece of hardware and gets itself all oriented to interface with it? [assuming that I will not boot to that infected drive upon start-up]