For example if i was on windows and got a virus, then formatted the hard drive by installing ubuntu onto my PC would it get rid of it?
Answer by Razor512 · Mar 10, 2012 at 08:17 PM
A full format will remove a virus from the hard drive, but it will not fix an issue of the rare bios infection (Though I have not personally fixed a system with one ion nearly 10 years).
A single pass full format is effective to an extent where the hard drives own reading ability cannot detect the data previously on the drive, though a professional recovery company may be able to restore some data (if the drive was not used after formatting)
So overall, the full format offered on the windows disk is enough to remove any infection on the drive.
Answer by TheTechDude · Jun 04, 2011 at 10:35 AM
Yes. When you format it deletes every file off the drive. So none of them are readable, however just a format is recoverable but you would have to recover the file yourself for it to work again. So really the viruses should be gone.