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User Info: bubbub01

bubbub01
4 months ago#1
Got a bad worm. Fixed it once like a month ago. Apparently not good enough because it came back. Figured I might as well reinstall windows.

If I have data on my other drives, will that data get deleted/become unusable? I'm referring to things such games and programs and such.

User Info: GeminiX7

GeminiX7
4 months ago#2
Only the chosen partitioned space I believe will be reformatted for the O/S. That said, if the issue is a worm returning, isn't possible the other drives have been compromised and thats where the worm is coming back from?
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User Info: bubbub01

bubbub01
4 months ago#3
GeminiX7 posted...
Only the chosen partitioned space I believe will be reformatted for the O/S. That said, if the issue is a worm returning, isn't possible the other drives have been compromised and thats where the worm is coming back from?


Every file that was popping up that I was monitoring was on my C drive. I'm pretty confident it didn't spread to the other drives.

User Info: Dredj

Dredj
4 months ago#4
bubbub01 posted...
GeminiX7 posted...
Only the chosen partitioned space I believe will be reformatted for the O/S. That said, if the issue is a worm returning, isn't possible the other drives have been compromised and thats where the worm is coming back from?


Every file that was popping up that I was monitoring was on my C drive. I'm pretty confident it didn't spread to the other drives.


Something you downloaded and store on one of the other drives but install to the windows drive, and after your format you reinstalled it thus infecting yourself again?

And yes your other drives won't get touched by a reinstall or a system restore.

User Info: bubbub01

bubbub01
4 months ago#5
Dredj posted...
bubbub01 posted...
GeminiX7 posted...
Only the chosen partitioned space I believe will be reformatted for the O/S. That said, if the issue is a worm returning, isn't possible the other drives have been compromised and thats where the worm is coming back from?


Every file that was popping up that I was monitoring was on my C drive. I'm pretty confident it didn't spread to the other drives.


Something you downloaded and store on one of the other drives but install to the windows drive, and after your format you reinstalled it thus infecting yourself again?

And yes your other drives won't get touched by a reinstall or a system restore.


Not at all what I was talking about.

User Info: loader963

loader963
4 months ago#6
bubbub01 posted...
Dredj posted...
bubbub01 posted...
GeminiX7 posted...
Only the chosen partitioned space I believe will be reformatted for the O/S. That said, if the issue is a worm returning, isn't possible the other drives have been compromised and thats where the worm is coming back from?


Every file that was popping up that I was monitoring was on my C drive. I'm pretty confident it didn't spread to the other drives.


Something you downloaded and store on one of the other drives but install to the windows drive, and after your format you reinstalled it thus infecting yourself again?

And yes your other drives won't get touched by a reinstall or a system restore.


Not at all what I was talking about.


I think he means if you dl’ed an infected movie of the Pirate Bay to your d: then watched it and it infected your c: . Actually happens a lot.
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User Info: droider

droider
4 months ago#7
You should select the disk to install Windows during OS installation.

If you will loose your data, just install DiskDrill - http://howtorecover.me/disk-drill-windows-app-review.

User Info: Renraku_San

Renraku_San
4 months ago#8
bubbub01 posted...
Got a bad worm. Fixed it once like a month ago. Apparently not good enough because it came back. Figured I might as well reinstall windows.

If I have data on my other drives, will that data get deleted/become unusable? I'm referring to things such games and programs and such.


Yes - the data kinda gets "deleted" if you leave it on the drive. Basically Microsoft saves whatever data you have on your disks and uploads it to the Cloud during the OS install. Then you have to pay M$ a subscription fee to access the data.
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User Info: gideond

gideond
4 months ago#9
Your other data should be fine, but sometimes Windows will trash partitions for no reason during an install. The safest thing to to is disconnect the other drives while reinstalling and then plug them back in after. If you are talking partitions on a single physical driver that's a little different. You can't just disconnect those.
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User Info: OUberLord

OUberLord
3 months ago#10
gideond posted...
The safest thing to to is disconnect the other drives while reinstalling and then plug them back in after.
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