Solved: Is my HDD at fault?

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I have been using an old Seagate IDE HDD with USB port connecting cables to record partition images from my PC's HDD. The last time, before using my Macrium-free backup software, I decided to remove the old backup that filled the Seagate by fomatting it. I have done this before using quick format with no problem. This time, I chose to do a full format of the Seagate through the USB port. Something occurred during the process, because when I returned to note the progress, I found the formatting had been interrupted. I tried to restart the formatting, but it would not restart. When I looked for the drive, it was no longer listed under "computer", and I could not even find it in the notifications on the system tray. I tried shutting down the PC, disconnecting the Seagate cable from the USB and restarting. Then I reconnected the Seagate cable to the USB port, but I still could not find the ATA to SATA Bridge among the notifications, the device manager, and could not find the drive in "computer". The drive spins when connected, but the drive is not recognized by my computer. Is it no longer possible to read the drive?
 
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First try a different USB port, then try hooking up to a different PC and see if HD shows up before giving up. Drives rarely last for ever.
 

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Right! I have decided it's the HDD. How do you destroy the possibility of its being read before tossing it? The process of wiping takes too long. Should I just drill a couple 1/4 holes in it?
 
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Drilling should do it in. I don't think you could wipe it if you wanted to but some genius might be able to mount the disk and spin\read it.
 
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