Transfer Files From Virus Infected Pc To External Hard Drive

I have a trojan virus on my computer. I cannot (given my limited knowledge) remove it. I want to transfer music files from the infected computer to an external hard drive. The anti-virus program that detected the virus on my computer 'tells me' that these files are not infected. My question: what are the risks of transferring these music files to my external hard drive? I am concerned about the risk to the external hard drive itself and also to any computer that i might later transfer these files to. Wow, i hope i asked this question intelligently! Too long? More concise? More info? (I'm interested in the best way to phrase a question as i believe that being a good computer scientist is largely about recognizing a problem intelligently)

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