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Hello,

I have this hard drive filled with virus/bug and it won't boot up my pc once plugged into my motherboard. What should I do? Not sure if it doesn't boot up or not, but hell no I'm not risking that on my PC.

All I wan't is.. make it usable.
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  1. What Windows version are you running?
  2. Do you have another drive to boot from? A large usb can act as one...or a hard drive, or an SSD..
  3. Quote:
    I have this hard drive filled with virus/bug and it won't boot up my pc once plugged into my motherboard.


    Sounds more like a dead drive than one with a virus on it. If it's just a virus and you don't care about the data on it you can put it in the PC and load windows on it. Just format and wipe the drive, that will kill the virus. If however plugging it in prevents the PC from booting there is nothing you can do. The drive is dying/dead and all you can do is throw it away, get the magnets out, use for target practice, etc.
  4. Not to disagree, because if the drive IS faulty, then you are right, but I think there are a lot of steps to go through before making that determination. None of which we can progress to if the OP doesn't bother to reply back.

    Bad motherboard, bad SATA cable, bad PSU, not fully seated cables to the drive on both the power and data side of things, the operating system itself, faulty drivers, among other things.

    You know this, but the OP doesn't necessarily. Still, I have been intending to recommend a clean install just as you suggested, from the start, but we need to know what Windows version they are using in order to do that, so.......
  5. darkbreeze said:
    What Windows version are you running?


    Running windows 7, I like your profile picture.
  6. jgustin7b said:
    Do you have another drive to boot from? A large usb can act as one...or a hard drive, or an SSD..


    I just want to make use of it, and of course I have ssd for my own pc. I have ssd on my pc.
  7. 4745454b said:
    Quote:
    I have this hard drive filled with virus/bug and it won't boot up my pc once plugged into my motherboard.


    Sounds more like a dead drive than one with a virus on it. If it's just a virus and you don't care about the data on it you can put it in the PC and load windows on it. Just format and wipe the drive, that will kill the virus. If however plugging it in prevents the PC from booting there is nothing you can do. The drive is dying/dead and all you can do is throw it away, get the magnets out, use for target practice, etc.

    So it won't harm my computer if I slot in my infected hard drive?
  8. So you are saying that if you connect this drive to your motherboard, then the system will not boot, even though the operating system is installed on a separate SSD?
  9. I think OP can make a DBAN USB or DVD boot; with the problematic HD attached internally or externally, DBAN boot can be "told" to overwrite every sector/every cluster of said hard-drive. The one-pass option should be enough. Make absolutely sure you "aim" DBAN at the problematic HD and not at the SSD.
  10. They can't do that if the system won't power up or POST with the drive attached.
  11. That's what I took from his message which is why I didn't suggest double checking the cables, etc. If plugging this drive in prevents boot, it's toast. Junk it and move on. You can try a SATA to USB adapter, but I wouldn't count on anything.
  12. Yeah, if that IS the case, I 100% agree. Be nice to hear back from the OP though if he's still trying to sort the issue.
  13. "...They can't do that if the system won't power up or POST with the drive attached..." darkbreeze, if you're replying to my ealier DBAN post, then - you are right as rain! I forgot the PC not powering not posting while HD's attached; thanks for the reminder :)
  14. darkbreeze said:
    Yeah, if that IS the case, I 100% agree. Be nice to hear back from the OP though if he's still trying to sort the issue.


    *Latest update*

    I plugged it in and the PC worked fine but I couldn't find the Hard drive in my computer and I remember hearing clicking sounds but not continuously. It clicked for a while then stopped.
  15. Ok, so if it's not showing up in "my computer" then go into disk management and see if it shows up there.

    https://www.easeus.com/resource/hard-drive-not-showing-up-or-recognized.html
  16. darkbreeze said:
    Ok, so if it's not showing up in "my computer" then go into disk management and see if it shows up there.

    https://www.easeus.com/resource/hard-drive-not-showing-up-or-recognized.html


    The drive name is Western digital blue WD1600AAJS, and the board is LGA1151
  17. No reason they shouldn't be compatible. Just a standard 7200rpm, 3gbps, SATA hard drive. Nothing special, different or unusual about it.

    As I said, check disk management to see if it's there. Follow the directions in the link I sent above.
  18. darkbreeze said:
    No reason they shouldn't be compatible. Just a standard 7200rpm, 3gbps, SATA hard drive. Nothing special, different or unusual about it.

    As I said, check disk management to see if it's there. Follow the directions in the link I sent above.


    I don't see any besides C: ,D: ,System Reserved <-- SSD
  19. Can you post a screenshot of the disk management window?

    *How to post images in Tom's hardware forums

    Have you checked to see if the drive shows up in the bios?
  20. darkbreeze said:
    Can you post a screenshot of the disk management window?

    *How to post images in Tom's hardware forums

    Have you checked to see if the drive shows up in the bios?


    May I send it to you privately?
  21. I prefer that information related to the thread, be posted in the thread. Images and screenshots cannot be seen in PMs anyhow. I do not accept private contacts via email or other channels.
  22. It doesn't show in BIOS
  23. Best answer
    If it does not show in bios. Try a different motherboard SATA header, or a different cable. Make sure that both the data and power cables are connected to the drive. If it still doesn't show then it is probably dead.
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