How Can I Get Data Off an Old External Drive?

Episode 1703 (14:40)

Gustavo from California
NewerTech Universal Drive Adapter USB Bare Drive Adapter

Gustavo has a 20-year-old Powerbook Mac that he hasn't turned on in years. He plugged in an external hard drive, and somehow the Powerbook now views the hard drive as empty. Can he recover it? Leo suspects that the age of the drive caused the drive to fail. Or the cable may have failed. Or even the external box itself. Leo recommends taking it out and connecting it to a more modern computer. Leo recommends getting the Newertech Universal Drive Adapter, which you can then connect the drive and get the data off. With any luck, the data is intact.