how can I recover files from external hard drive after cleaning up a virus(trojan horse and some malware) ? The files are still there cause the external drive is 298 capacity and only 5 gigs still available .
First of all, run an antivirus program directed at the external drive, to make sure it's clean. You may have done that already, but didn't say whether you ran your antivirus against the system drive or this drive, or both.
Next connect your (?USB or SATA or Firewire) external drive to your clean computer, and go to Disk Management, to see if it is recognized by your OS (Win-7, Vista, Win-XP ??)
Go to the graphical area in the lower half, and list for us what it says in the Drive Status box (left side) that starts with Disk 1, Then in the Volume Status box just to the right, list the color of the band above it, and what is says, such as VolName, disk letter, size, NTFS, Healthy, or whatever it lists.
That way the folks will know if it is active, and partitioned still, and if there is a file system still on it.
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It is best that you do not reinstall Windows to this drive as anything that the new installation writes over will be deleted for good.
The best thing to do, if possible, would be to connect the drive to another computer as the secondary drive (or "slave" hard drive) so that you can install Partition Recovery Software on that computer and then use it to run a Complete Search for deleted files on the problem hard drive.
I suggest that you use the demo version first as it will allow you to preview your deleted files. If you can preview the deleted files then you can register the program and save them. Having the two hard disks set up like this will also allow you to easily save the deleted files to the other disk.
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