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July 22, 2013 7:45:26 AM

I have a laptop with one hard disk, divided into two virtual ones.I have a question concerning one of them(not the one with the OS,but the other one).
If a situation of a virus infection happens to the drive, can I remove the virus by formatting the drive from "Right Button on drive-->Format", or I have to put the DVD with the OS and format the drive from there (Boot the DVD and Format the Partition from the menu with the list with of partitions where you can choose whether to format,delete,extend or create them)?I heard that the latter option is better, because you format it from the OS DVD. I hope that you can answer my question.Thanks in advance.
a b G Storage
July 22, 2013 8:45:40 AM

venom0706 said:
I have a laptop with one hard disk, divided into two virtual ones.I have a question concerning one of them(not the one with the OS,but the other one).
If a situation of a virus infection happens to the drive, can I remove the virus by formatting the drive from "Right Button on drive-->Format", or I have to put the DVD with the OS and format the drive from there (Boot the DVD and Format the Partition from the menu with the list with of partitions where you can choose whether to format,delete,extend or create them)?I heard that the latter option is better, because you format it from the OS DVD. I hope that you can answer my question.Thanks in advance.


I would use the second option.
a b G Storage
July 22, 2013 9:12:34 AM

Second option is better but an even better option would be to not put your self in a situation where you would get a virus ;) 
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a b G Storage
July 22, 2013 9:44:52 AM

Fouchey said:
Second option is better but an even better option would be to not put your self in a situation where you would get a virus ;) 


WOW!! Don't stop now. I'm dying to hear how to avoid viruses.
July 23, 2013 9:12:10 AM

Thanks for the advice.So if I use the second option, should I just press Format from the Partition options and then close the OS Installation window?
July 23, 2013 9:18:48 AM

venom0706 said:
I have a laptop with one hard disk, divided into two virtual ones.I have a question concerning one of them(not the one with the OS,but the other one).
If a situation of a virus infection happens to the drive, can I remove the virus by formatting the drive from "Right Button on drive-->Format", or I have to put the DVD with the OS and format the drive from there (Boot the DVD and Format the Partition from the menu with the list with of partitions where you can choose whether to format,delete,extend or create them)?I heard that the latter option is better, because you format it from the OS DVD. I hope that you can answer my question.Thanks in advance.


I think it would be just fine formatting from in the OS. Go into disk management and you have all the same options.

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a b G Storage
August 1, 2013 9:05:32 AM
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For simple reformatting of a partition using Disk Management within the OS is fine.
If the virus has ravaged your system booting from the OS disk could have some benefits due to the fact that the computer wont boot up, it also might not make any difference.

It’s also most likely that the virus would infect the OS partition not the “other” one. The benefit of partitioning your drive for virus protection is that if your system isn’t recoverable you can reinstall your OS and your files “should” be fine on the other partition. Unfortunately it’s all very dependent on what’s infecting the system.
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