I’ve consolidated every external hard drive I can find into a box, attempting to make sure all the right cables and power cords are present. I hooked one up and got sucked into the rabbit hole of a particular snapshot in time, much like the old iPhone from last week.
Future goal: Make sure all data lives on current backup — a 5 terabyte hard drive that is approaching capacity. Then figure out what to do with these old drives… Cursory searches often involve hammers. There’s got to be a better way.