Originally Posted by Hightower
I can't format my main drive as my windows disc is a Novatech one and dosn't seem to have this option.
Andy, you should be able to partition and format your HD from DOS. You'll need a DOS start-up disc to get your machine up and running. That way Windows doesn't come into it so it's very unlikely any dodgy software will know what's going on.
I'd be a little reluctand to connect a HD with unknown software to a good working system since you don't know how clever the offending software is. For instance, it could see a new boot sector and off it could go.
Save just your files you need to keep to CD (and hope there's nothing unwanted saved with them). Format both your HDs under DOS and re-install Windows. Get your protection software up and running before you first connect to the internet and then install your drivers and programs. Back up the whole lot to your second drive at this point so you've got a restore point for the future. Disconnect your second drive and only then copy your files across from the CD and hope all is well. Should it go pear-shaped, you'll only have to reformat, install Windows, connect your second drive and copy all the backup files across to get your drivers and programs up and running.