Connect it up and power the hdd on, you should be able to hear it spin or feel it with your hand.
I am a relative novice to computing but I have two old hard drives of my partners & I need to confirm if any or no data is on them before recycling the old PC's. I no longer have leads & monitors which are able to be connected.
First is a Samsung SP0411N 40 GB. What sort of cable do I need to connect this to a USB port on our current PC? HP Pavilion 500 PC Series.
Second is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 80 GB. I already have a cable that plugs into HD & it has two USB leads on it as well. I have plugged this into our PC with the USB plugs in the appropriate ports (as per the icons on the plugs) but cannot find a new drive in file explorer where I assumed it would appear. Can anyone steer me in the right direction to access this drive? In simple lay mans language please