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SteveC 03-25-2021 12:05 PM

Risk to Host Computer
I have a drive that came from a Mac that was infected with at least one virus. I've scanned that drive with anti-viral software which cleaned up the problem. I now want to clone the drive to an SSD.

Is there any risk to the computer I use to do this? That is, do files live on the host computer for a brief period while they are being copied?

Theoretically, my drive is now sanitized, and I guess I'm being paranoid, but no anti-virus software is perfect.

Is there a risk in cloning this drive?

Many thanks to anybody who can shed some light.


dnanian 03-25-2021 12:14 PM

I don't know of any virus for the Mac that runs "on mount", and if you're not booting from this drive, or launching any application from it, I can't see how you could be infected by copying it.

SteveC 03-25-2021 02:40 PM

Great. Thank you, Dave, so much for weighing in. That's super helpful.

Rebel 05-01-2021 04:35 AM

I was gonna say that SuperDuper! can't copy what doesn't exist.

If you successfully removed all traces of the virus, there's nothing left to worry about.

If you missed some remnants (like in ~/Library/Caches or /private/var/folders/l4) they will be copied, but are unlikely to cause any issues if you chopped off the head.

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