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Need some advice regarding external hdd

Unread postby NotVeryTechie » October 4th, 2011, 11:28 am

Hi there

I was helped by this fantastic forum to remove some nasties from my laptop. I have a whole bunch of stuff backed up on an external hdd and need to do a new backup, but I am scared to plug in the the hdd as I don't want to accidentially re-infect my computers. Is this likely? Am I being overcautious? How can I check the hdd without plugging it in?

Thanks so much
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Re: Need some advice regarding external hdd

Unread postby NotVeryTechie » October 17th, 2011, 1:03 pm

Hi there

Wonder if anyone has any thoughts on this, please.

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Re: Need some advice regarding external hdd

Unread postby Gary R » October 17th, 2011, 4:34 pm

Which Operating System are you using ?
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Re: Need some advice regarding external hdd

Unread postby NotVeryTechie » October 19th, 2011, 11:37 am

I run Vista home edition on a Toshiba laptop. I have installed Winpatrol.
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Re: Need some advice regarding external hdd

Unread postby Gary R » October 19th, 2011, 4:29 pm

OK, you need to be able to attach your hard drive without it automatically opening, that way you can scan it with your anti-virus first to make sure it's safe before opening any files.

So the first thing is to disable autoplay.

  • Click Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Autoplay
  • When the Autoplay window opens ....
    • Uncheck Use Autoplay for all media and devices
    • Click Save
  • Exit out of Control Panel.

Next ....
  • Connect your external drive.
  • Click Start > Computer
  • When the Computer window opens ....
    • Right click on your external drive and select the option to scan with your anti-virus (most anti-virus programs will add this option to your right click menu)


Hope this helps you, any questions just ask.
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Re: Need some advice regarding external hdd

Unread postby NotVeryTechie » October 20th, 2011, 6:49 am

Thank you so much, I will follow those steps.

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Re: Need some advice regarding external hdd

Unread postby Gary R » October 20th, 2011, 7:33 am

You're welcome. :)

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