Duke wants to replace his hard drive. How can he get wipe the drive securely before recycling it? Leo recommends Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN). It uses military-grade erasing techniques to completely wipe the drives. What about those computers that aren't running? Leo says to take them out of a non-working computer and use a universal drive adapter by Newertech. Then you can connect it to a working computer and wipe the drive.
NewerTech USB 3.0 Universal Drive Adapter
Don's dad left him an old Windows 98 computer and he has to get data off it. But the laptop won't boot up due to a hard drive issue. What can he do? Leo says a hard drive can wear out and it may be that the drive is dead. But it could also be that it simply won't boot up. It's just getting flakey with critical sectors, meaning that the data is still there. So Leo says to stop trying to boot it up. That'll only make it worse. Take the drive out and get an external drive case or a universal drive adapter and use it as a data drive. NewerTek makes a great one.
Duke wants to get data off an old external hard drive that's stopped working. Leo says the drive is probably fine, but the enclosure has most likely died. Leo suggests using the NewerTech Universal Drive adapter. He can connect the drive to his computer with the adapter, and then he'll be able to access it like a regular hard drive. Then it's a simple drag and drop. He may have to break open the plastic tabs to get into the enclosure, though.
When Jerry turns on his Windows PC, all that comes up is a folder that says "Windows." Leo says it sounds like the hard drive has become corrupt and has failed. It can happen at any time, and the older the hard drive gets, the more likely it will fail. Can he get his data back? Leo says he can use recovery software to do so.
Jevon has a new computer and he wants to know how to transfer his data from the old hard drive to the new computer? Leo says NewerTech makes a universal drive adapter so he can connect the drive without a housing and get the data off it. It's bare bones, but it will power it and turn it into a USB drive that he can browse and copy from. Or he can grab a hard drive enclosure that will enable him to connect to it as an external drive.
Chris had a backup drive that suddenly stopped mounting to his computer. Leo says it could be a drive failure. It could also just be the enclosure that the drive is in. Circuitry can go bad.
If that didn't solve the issue, NewerTech makes a universal hard drive adapter which would allow him to take that drive and connect it to a Windows machine via USB. Then he should do a low level format.