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Scan hard drive as an external drive?


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Surlyrider

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Hi all,

I've recently acquired a SATA/IDE/eSATA to USB adapter (lets you use 2.5 and 3.5 hard drives as an external USB drive). I was wondering- would it be a quick/easy/viable way to clean a hard drive if you installed it in the adapter, and used another computer to scan it as a non-system drive? Any tools especially well suited to this (or would any of the tools do this)? Or would it be just as tricky as diagnosing and cleaning a system drive in an operating computer?

Thanks!

EDIT: And if this is not the proper forum for this type question, please, move it to where it belongs!

Edited by Surlyrider, 11 August 2011 - 01:07 PM.

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And if this is not the proper forum for this type question, please, move it to where it belongs!
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It should work just fine if you're doing it within your OS (Operating System, ie Windows). If you are doing it outside your OS, like command prompt, you would have to make sure your USB drivers are intialized. You can do a lot from within your OS though.

Edited by Placid Storm, 11 August 2011 - 02:05 PM.

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Hi all,

I've recently acquired a SATA/IDE/eSATA to USB adapter (lets you use 2.5 and 3.5 hard drives as an external USB drive). I was wondering- would it be a quick/easy/viable way to clean a hard drive if you installed it in the adapter, and used another computer to scan it as a non-system drive? Any tools especially well suited to this (or would any of the tools do this)? Or would it be just as tricky as diagnosing and cleaning a system drive in an operating computer?

Thanks!

EDIT: And if this is not the proper forum for this type question, please, move it to where it belongs!


are we trying to clean the hard drive such as formatting or are we trying to remove spy and mallware...?
in both cases its possible the only thing i think would be hard is trying to clean a registry from infected files just because you are running it on a different OS but i could be wrong i'm not to familiar with that if you were asking that.

if you are trying to clean(format) hard drives there are allot of tools out there that work both on internal and external drives
LLF from HDD guru or killdisk from active@

if you mean something totaly different let me know i probably have something for that too...

DK
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No, not format. Disinfect/remove malware. And it's an informational question only, I'm not actually trying to do it (yet...). Just wanted to know if the tools commonly used for diagnosing/cleansing an operational system disk would be as effective or more effective if the drive were not hosting the OS.
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