Viruses and Data Recovery
This question does not pertain to any specific distribution. I attempted a simple data recovery/transfer on a hard drive that appears to have been infected with an unknown virus. The infected HD was attached to the USB port via a USB-to-SATA/IDE connector, and the HD was set to slave mode. When the PC booted, the PC immediately locked up, before the memory check took place. Subsequent reboots were futile, and reproducibly identical. I strongly suspect the BIOS was corrupted/destroyed as well as the boot drive also by the virus. Can anyone provide any insight to the situation and the following questions?
1. Anything to the identification of what might ruin BIOSs and HDs in this fashion, i.e., the type or identity of what I might be dealing with here.
2. Not being a virus expert, are there any other damage posibilities to the MB?
3. Most importantly, since the boot HD is probably ruined also, how I might attach it to another PC safely such that data recovery on it may be performed and GRUB can be reinstalled, and without further infections? If I understand this correctly, this virus seems to have unlimited capability, and this is similar to the redirectional virus that I encountered recently, where the infected HD when connected as Slave drive, was still identified by the PC as the boot drive despite the jumper settings.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.