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Reformatting a partitioned harddrive


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zgmorris

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I have a partitioned harddrive and one of the partitions has been infected with a virus. I was wondering if it is possible to reformat one partition, while leaving the other as is. Is this possible?
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Yes

Go to start...run...type in compmgmt.msc and hit ok.
Under storage on the left click on disk management.
Right click on the partition and choose format.

Make sure you are formatting the correct partition.
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Hmm have you tried going through the Malware forum and getting help from the Techs there to just clean your system completely?
Fyi try this before formatting as it could save you a lot of replacing and reinstalling.

I suggest you go to the Malware Forum and run all the steps located in the START HERE. These self-help tools will help you clean up 70% of problems on your own. If you are still having problems after doing the steps, then please post the reguested logs in THAT forum. If you are unable to run any of the tools then start a new topic in the malware forum and put this in the subject line...I am unable to run any malware tools

If you are still having problems after being given a clean bill of health from the malware expert, then please return to THIS thread and we will pursue other options to help you solve your current problem(s).
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I've already tried a lot of malware, but my system is swamped with trojans, and I think that I've been infected with viruses. I'd rather just completely clean my system instead of mostly clean it. I'll figure it out when i get home though. Thanks
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If you are running (for example) a C and D partition, it would be very unlikely that D got virus's and C was left alone.
I would suggest a trip to the Malware forum because you will probably have to reinstall the OS also.
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my second partition is empty. I was gonna put vista on the other partition, but i ended up not getting a copy from my friend. I was going to put the files I needed to save on the second partition, while i completely wipe the first. Would that work?
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I was gonna put vista on the other partition, but i ended up not getting a copy from my friend


What do you mean by this?
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my friend had vista on his computer, and wanted to switch back to xp, so he would have an unused version of vista. He ended up keeping vista on his computer
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I was going to put the files I needed to save on the second partition, while i completely wipe the first. Would that work?

No, that will not work. If any of the files you move to that partition are already infected, then when you reinstall the OS after the format, they will just reattach themselves per say.

I'd rather just completely clean my system instead of mostly clean it.

It won't just be mostly cleaned in the malware forums, it will be completely cleaned. They are highly trained at Malware Removal. Unless of course, you have a really really bad infection, which only they would be able to tell you if you did, then formatting becomes your next option.

I suggest the Malware forums. Formatting should always be your last option.

Edited by Ferrari, 13 July 2009 - 05:43 PM.

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