external hard drive backup virus

snazzyconnor

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If I have two or more computers and back them all up onto the same external hard drive (using windows backup) and one of the backups has a virus installed on it could the virus jump onto one of the other backups and/or infect any computer connecting to the hard drive?
 

geofelt

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I think not.
A virus is a program that needs to be run to do it's nasty thing.
Just residing on a hard drive should do nothing.

If, however, you restore it and run it will be bad.
 
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