Need data from a Virus Infected PC? May be this can help!

Transfer files safely using Optical Disks

Well, it was just a few days back that I required some data from my older laptop to be copied into some other PC. But the problem was, my older laptop was heavily infected with computer viruses and thus was not making it possible to use a USB drive to transfer the data. The moment I plugged in the USB drive, it corrupted whole data present in it, also copied some other unnecessary files and created shortcuts of all the directories present in the USB drive. Since, the data in my older laptop was very much critical and I did not want to infect the other computer with those viruses as well, so I needed some safer alternative which I could use to transfer my data.

I looked for something which could safely copy the required data only and block all the unnecessary files which were getting copied automatically into the removal storage media such as USB drives. I found some old blank optical disks including CDs (Compact Disks) and DVDs (Digital Versatile Disks or Digital Video Disks) in my older stuff. As I knew that unlike USB drives, Optical disks do not allow any files to be burnt onto them just by putting them into their ROM drive. This was a glimmer of hope for me. So, I thought to, at least, give it a try and burn an optical disk to transfer my data.

I took out a blank DVD, put it into the drive, gathered all my files to be transferred into one directory, zipped that directory just to make sure that those creepy viruses do not get to peak into the sub-directories, and then wrote that archived directory into the blank DVD ROM. Luckily, my older laptop had a working Optical disk drive, so I could burn the data into the disk without much problem.

Then, I took out the DVD ROM and placed it into the other PC’s drive. I opened the DVD with caution. But I was quite amazed to see that the files were written properly into the DVD and there were no unwanted files or anything suspicious in the directory. I copied the archive into the other PC, unzipped it and there I was with the required data which I was able to transfer safely without infecting the other PC with those viruses.

Having transferred my files from the virus infected computer, I thought that I should share it with others as well, so that someone may benefit from my experience. The optical drives, albeit getting obsolete now, remain a useful source for writing your important data into them. They do not offer the flexibility of USB drives, but when it comes to robustness, they surely have an edge. Perhaps, this is the reason that optical drives can still be found with almost all of the computer users. If you have tried something similar or have found some unique use of Optical disks, then do share with us in the comments section below.

Author: Saad Riaz

The author is a Hardware Design Engineer by profession, but here he expresses his thoughts and has the vision to bring about some positive change within his capacity.

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