I'm a bit of a computer noob and need some advice.
Basically, I had a laptop for a few years which was running poorly and had a few problems such as slightly damaged screen, no battery life left etc so decided to sell it.
I took the hard drive out to avoid anyone else getting personal data. So now, I have a 120gb sata hard drive. Can I use it still?
I couldnt format the drive because I had to users. Admin, and guest. I couldnt remember admin password so could only access guest account and wouldnt let me format from there.
I tried password recovery which I put onto a cd from creating through guest account but it wouldnt work, so no hope there. I kept getting a message saying it failed and to try again.
Anyway, pc is sold now, and i'm left with the hard drive.
Without checking, I bought a sata enclosure assuming I could simply put it in there, connect up to my main pc and wipe it clean. However, it doesnt show in my computer when I plug the external drive to my pc.
Is there anything that can be done with it now? Can I get my pc to recognise it so I can wipe it and use it as external drive?
Or should I just put a drill through it and bin it?
Thanks for any advice!