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My desktop got hit by a major crap-load of viruses about two weeks ago, and I want to get a few things off of my system, but I can't turn it on anymore because of the viruses. Can I connect the Hard Drive in there up to my laptop, and would it be safe? My laptop has a virus protector though, so I'm not really worried about it getting a virus off of the Hard Drive since I only want a few user created files like word documents and stuff. Is this possible without ripping open my laptop, and would it be safe?

Also, I have another question related so I'll just throw that in here;

If I do get it connected to my laptop, would I be able to wipe that Hard Drive and use it as more memory for my laptop?

asked Dec 12 '10 at 13:53

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You need a Hard Drive enclosure like the ones found here: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Category/category_tlc.asp?CatId=2777

It is safe if you have a good software AV like Avast, Kaspersky, NOD32, or Avira to name a few, they should be updated and when connecting the hard drive don't open it, scan it first and clean the crapware or else you will screw everything up!

Then scan it again with some anti malware like malwarebytes or Spyware Terminator and clean all stuff they discover. After that you should be able to turn ur desktop back on again and keep working :P

answered Dec 12 '10 at 13:59

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You can use a usb enclosure to put the hard drive and connect it as a USB device. Depending on the connection type (IDE, SATA, etc), there is a enclosure for it.

It just depends on the type of virus, it can be set to execute upon connecting (maybe). I would suggest using a live cd of a linux distro and pull the files you need off that hard drive. And then scanning it with different scanner afterward.

After that, you can that live cd to wipe that hard drive. Or (if you really want to wipe it) use DBAN to reformat the drive multiple time.

But mostly you cannot use it as more ram.

answered Dec 12 '10 at 13:57

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edited Dec 12 '10 at 14:05

Both good answers, and you could also get your hands on a HDD docking station, These are good for 3.5, 2.5 sata drives, and some brands also include an IDE slot for the older HDD's. The docking station saves having to open your computer case all the time to take out or put in a HDD and same with an enclosure. You just slot the HDD into the dock, which connects to your PC/Laptop via USB(some also connect via eSata).

answered Dec 12 '10 at 17:47

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If you're low on funds you can look for a simple IDE or SATA to USB cable. It's what I use to backup all mine and my friends data when I'm reinstalling or fixing their computers. The cases are only good for when you use the drive a lot, but if it's for something like this just go cable. You can search newegg.com and tigerdirect.com and mwave.com

answered Dec 12 '10 at 23:52

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