Any time you do ANYTHING with an infected drive short of formatting it, you run a risk of spreading any infections that may be present.
If I'm understanding your question correctly, the risk is probably minimal, but then you also can't move programs like that either, so...
I have Vista Home Premium.
The issue I'm dealing with is that I have a Trojan that infected Vista, then infected my flash drive when I plugged it in.
On this flash drive are all my programs which I'd like to save so I don't want to have them erased when I format the drive to get the infection off it.
I have a boot CD from a disk imaging program which has a partition manager so I can format this drive in that environment. However, when I plug in my portable drive so I can move my programs onto it, can the infection from the flash drive migrate on to the portable drive? Mind you, I won't be on C: any longer - in fact, to be sure the infection from C: can't migrate I'll be formatting C: FIRST so the infection will be gone and C: itself will be GONE, therefore no way it can migrate from Windows on to my portable drive when it's plugged in.
So, my question is :
In the boot disk environment, with Windows gone and drive C: unallocated, can the infection on the flash drive infect my portable drive which I'll plug in at that point?
I've never heard of any infection that can infect in that environment. Am I wrong that I can't be infected through this medium?
Please let me know.
Thanks for everyone's help ahead of time.