Many don't know they need to wipe the drive data when they give their old machine away. Google has this video with a surprise ending.
But if this was my drive, I'd buy a cheap USB 2.0 housing and put the drive in it. Too many to pick from at newegg.com or geeks.com
I have an external HDD that I bought a couple years ago. I used it without problems until one day when it just stopped working. For some reason, it does not seem to be getting any power. You plug it in, turn it on and nothing happens.
It is no longer under warrranty so it will probably cost more to fix than than to by a new one. In fact, I have been told so by a local computer shop person.
I am leaning towards just buying a new one but I do have a few questions first that maybe someone here can answer.
1. Is is possible to try and fix this myself? Any advice to give before I take of the case and starting screwing around?
2. There was still a lot of data on it before it stopped working. Is there any way to retrieve this data?
3. What is the best way to dispose of an external HDD so that none of the data can be recovered assuming that the HDD is dead and it's time to move on? Besides the obvious smashing it in to a billion pieces is there a simple way to "erase" this data?