assuming you don't want to use it anymore, and are simply looking for a good way to prevent thieves from stealing your personal data, a magnet should work just fine.
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If you are just looking to clear the drive ad start with an empty drive simply plug it in and re-format it. Make sure you reformat the whole thing, I believe some reformat can be done inside a partition. Delete any partitions first to be sure.
Like Lemonie said. formatting the drive will not help. It will erase the MBR and all his files.
Of course, that's why I said it would clear his drive. He would have to start over. We need a little more info but if the drive is useless as it is now a clean start may be the only option.If you don't want to lose the mbr just delete any other partitions and create a new one. Again you lose all the data but it seems like you may be trying to lose it. If not just back-up what you don't want to lose first.Does this drive just have data on it or does it have your os as well?
-and erase the master boot record. L
I don't understand what you mean by locked, what is locked?Are you talking about it being encrypted?Or are you referring to certain files being read only?
I was wondering about the same. I think that either the hard drive broke down or he needs a password to access it.
+1... rolln, you really need to give more information in your questions...