Home Forums Tech Helproom Can an external backup drive pick up virus from an infected PC? Forum Rules | Contact Forum Editor | Report a Post Can an external backup drive pick up virus from an infected PC? Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:15 20 Apr 2013 Only way is to connect to old PC and scan for virus on all drives Do not connect external drive until you know it is clean. What virus ? what antivirus program? have ou tried scanning with one of the online virus scanners like hitman Pro? This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.