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    Default Re: Format old Hard Disk ... some queries

    yo dudes .... based on ALL your inputs...I have just completed re-creating a BOOT DISK for my 'operation' on my precious

    I shall be doing the following :

    1. Boot up system with BOOT DISK
    2. At command prompt, execute "format c: /u /q"
    3. After FORMAT, execute "fdisk /mbr" ( QUESTION : this command should not affect my second HARDDISK, D Drive, right ? ) or I need to execute "fdisk c: /mbr" ???
    4. Do I really need to partition my harddisk ????
    5. Disconnect ALL internet connections and insert WIN98SE CD-ROM for re-installation
    6. After installation of OS, drivers and necessary applications, create an IMAGE on the HD aka RECOVERY CDR or DVDR
    7. Install ANTI-VIRUS Programme
    8. Connect to INTERNET and download latest virus definitions/ updates
    9. Run STINGER again ( QUESTION : is this necessary ? )
    10. If all else fail, contact JSBN and JBMA

    End of Operation


    Did I miss out anything ? I trust these steps should be adequate and correct.


    BTW, any quick way to backup configurations ? e.g. internet connection configurations, IP addresses etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AhV
    yo dudes .... based on ALL your inputs...I have just completed re-creating a BOOT DISK for my 'operation' on my precious

    I shall be doing the following :

    1. Boot up system with BOOT DISK
    2. At command prompt, execute "format c: /u /q"
    3. After FORMAT, execute "fdisk /mbr" ( QUESTION : this command should not affect my second HARDDISK, D Drive, right ? ) or I need to execute "fdisk c: /mbr" ???
    4. Do I really need to partition my harddisk ????
    5. Disconnect ALL internet connections and insert WIN98SE CD-ROM for re-installation
    6. After installation of OS, drivers and necessary applications, create an IMAGE on the HD aka RECOVERY CDR or DVDR
    7. Install ANTI-VIRUS Programme
    8. Connect to INTERNET and download latest virus definitions/ updates
    9. Run STINGER again ( QUESTION : is this necessary ? )
    10. If all else fail, contact JSBN and JBMA

    End of Operation


    Did I miss out anything ? I trust these steps should be adequate and correct.


    BTW, any quick way to backup configurations ? e.g. internet connection configurations, IP addresses etc.
    no, you can't do fdisk. your d drive is most probably extended partition, and your c drive should be primary. deleting partition c requires deletion of partition d first if i recall correctly. just do a format c can liao.

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    format with /q means quick format if recall correctly, which is useless, so ignore the /q where as /u should mean unconditional format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drudkh
    no, you can't do fdisk. your d drive is most probably extended partition, and your c drive should be primary. deleting partition c requires deletion of partition d first if i recall correctly. just do a format c can liao.

    huh ? Why is "D Drive" considered a partition when it is a physical drive ???

    Correct me if I am wrong...cant afford to miss any critical steps or add any detrimental steps ? So, I just execute "FORMAT C: /u /q" .....Ola was mentioning sth about deleting the old HD ID and re-creating a new one getting rid of boot sector viruses so that they are not 'hiding' anywhere ?

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    oh, your d drive is a separate hdd? then it should be fine to do fdisk, then format your c drive which i assume is also 1 hdd?

    paisey, didn't read properly.

    when you fdisk, make sure you choose the correct hdd.
    when asked enable large file size, choose yes so that FAT32 is enabled.
    Last edited by Drudkh; 16th January 2006 at 06:06 PM.

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    in the past, when i do fdisk/format, i would disconnect all other hdds and perform the fdisk/formatting/install Os, antivirus and everything else to get updates and stuffs. after i'm very sure no virus then i connect back the other hdds, so that when there's any virus found, the anti-virus/patches can overcome them when i do a full anti-virus scan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drudkh
    in the past, when i do fdisk/format, i would disconnect all other hdds and perform the fdisk/formatting/install Os, antivirus and everything else to get updates and stuffs. after i'm very sure no virus then i connect back the other hdds, so that when there's any virus found, the anti-virus/patches can overcome them when i do a full anti-virus scan.
    wise tip...so I just need to disconnect the cable to D Drive......

    Stupid "smithfraud" is supposedly a spyware ....so anti-virus is unable to detect it... actually, i suspect it is residing in my D Drive .... will probably need to trouble shoot further later ...file by file ....of cos, after I ARM my C: DRIVE

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    yes, just disconnect the IDE cable or/and power molex from the other hdd can liao.
    then you shuld install whatever protections you can which you think can hunt that **** down when you reconnect back the hdd if you suspect it still resides in.

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