What seperate entity can I plug a hard drive into to see its contents?
My cctv hard drive stopped working about a month back and just replaced it with a sky box hard drive.
Still a few complications mind,the hardrive will trip(not the mains plug fuse)and only work if I power up and plug the hardrive in afterwards other wise it will just trip the transformer again.
Kept plugging and unplugging until I finally got it stable and everything has been working fine the last month.
Now I've just had a power cut I'm back to square one and cannot stop the hardrive tripping after a split second and have decided to just get a completely new box.
Yet I still need to retrieve whats on the hardrive as its reasonably important what it recorded today.
Easiest way is a hard drive caddy.
The drive will either be SATA or IDE (earlier sky boxes used IDE and later used SATA same as a PC)
If you've taken the drive unit out you could put it in that, plug the USB in to your desktop or laptop and pull the info off.
I'd hedge your bets and get one that does both
I know exactly what you want to do as we do the same at work. (though we don't use drives from Sky boxes