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Offline Samhain1966

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Format and Reinstall
« on: September 08, 2011, 04:57:25 PM »
I wanted to format my HD and reinstall Vista. I put the DVD in and booted to CD-Rom. The system looks like it just scabbed over everything. The systems looks new, but all the old files/directories are still on here and I regained no HD space. I wanted the HD wiped clean. Is this still possible? I was infected with a rootkit which was cleaned with the help of 1972vet, but my system was still encountering heavy errors and not wanting to boot. I am afraid that if I dont erase everything some remnants of this virus may still be lurking in here.

Did I do this right? The last time in formatted a HD it was Windows ME..... I made a "boot disc" and ran fdisk and all that. I had to type format C: to erase everything...

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Re: Format and Reinstall
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2011, 05:44:06 PM »
It sounds as if you did a repair install instead of a fresh install. Before doing the fresh install make sure that you have your data backed up.

To do what you want to do follow the instructions here. You should see a title "To install Windows by performing a clean installation".

In step 7 it talks about choosing where to install windows. When you get to that step in the process, you will have the choice to delete existing partition(s) and then creating new partion(s). When I do it, I delete all the partitions and start with new ones. That is up to you, but I recommend it. I have been told this is needless, but I do it in a kind of belt and suspenders type of thing.

Let me know if you have any questions about the process.


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Offline Samhain1966

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Re: Format and Reinstall
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2011, 06:44:44 AM »
OK. Success. But the instructions provided by that link were a little vague for me. I read the process and it seemed to be the same procedure I undertook that resulted in a "repair" instead of a format. After rebooting my system to the CD/DVD (again) I selected "Repair my Computer" and was given several options such as "Startup Repair Utility" (or something to that effect) and "Restore My System Using an Image" etc. And, voila! Open Command Prompt! TOUCHDOWN!!! I quickly selected this, and typed "format C:" (thankfully i remember the drive label) and approximately an hour later Drive C: was clean. Reinstalled windows, installed 117 updates and we are doin much better.

I wouldlike to ask another question or 2 before I ride off into the sunset:

The "Recovery" section of my hard drive.... could the previous virus be hiding in there? I didnt know what this drive was for, or if, during the reinstall, this would have been formatted and fixed or what. I assumed it was something set aside by Windows during installation. I have no access to it, so I assumed the virus didnt either.

I have an external Hard drive that I use for media storage (pictures etc.) would this be safe to use? Could the virus be in there? I dont want to lose all my pictures, they are irreplaceable, but I dont want to reinfect my PC either.

Thanks in advance for your help and responses, you guys are great!

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Re: Format and Reinstall
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2011, 11:17:47 AM »
Yes, malware of many kinds can be hiding in either the recovery partition or the external harddrive. I would make sure all your protection is in place on your system (Virus scanner, malware scanner and firewall) and then scan the recovery partition and then the external harddrive to make sure they are clean as well.

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