I am going to purchase a new PC soon. I know that one has to be careful about disposing of old PC's with personal details on the drive. Could I remove the drive and use it as a second drive in the new PC, or would that cause problems. If that is possible would I be able tot access the files on the old drive once it is attached? I am still only a novice but it seems a good idea. Otherwise if that is not possible how can I make sure that all my personal files are destroyed on my old PC?
You will not be able to access any operating system files from the new PC. I suggest you transfer any data video audio files etc to a new folder on the old disk and delete the O/S or a temp. folder on the new PC HD If the files have been put on the new PC reformat the old drive and then transfer the files from the new PC to the old drive in folders to suit your purpose or in en mass if in separate folders and then delete fro the temp. folder.
I used an IDE drive with a SATA motherboard using an adapter which effectively converts an IDE drive to a SATA drive. It worked brilliantly. Whatever you do, don't throw out a perfectly good hard drive with an old PC. I still have the adapter. I may put it on e-bay - that's where I got it from. The caddies are also good. I use them too, but you should release the drive from any password protection or 'make personal' settings.
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