How do I safely extract files from a corrupt computer?
My GF has a laptop & external hard drive, both full of pictures from world travels, animal documentations, and college documents. I've yet to turn it on, but she says it's crippled with viruses and issues.
My task, to extract as much of the files as possible.
I've only had a virus on a computer once, and with a little research I cleaned it up (old desktop w/ XP).
What's the best plan of attack for this? (it's an older laptop, pretty sure it's on XP as well)
Load some antivirus software on a thumb drive and load? I really don't want to transfer the virus to our current devices. I've used my android tablet before to read a "corrupted" SD card from a camera to recover pictures, based on the hope that a radically different OS would be immune to an issue, but that could' have been stupid luck.
Trying to get some game plan formed before I sit down to a potentially huge task.
Thanks in advance fellow wooters!