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External hard Drive and Virus/spyware protection

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Do you have to download virus protection, and malware protection programs onto an external hard drive before you store any files on it?
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you can don't have to.
what you can do if you don't trust a file is scan the external with the virus scan that is installed on the desktop/laptop your are using.
In My Computer . . right click the external drive and select Scan with { name of AV }
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