We recently got a couple of new staff computers over here, and I generally just pull the older HDs out, archive them in the tech closet, and throw new ones in there before reinstalling and redistributing them to less fortunate staff members. I keep the old ones in case some file(s) wasn't transferred correctly or at all.
1) It's a hassle to then re-mount the hard drive, even with a docking station, and deal with the permissions issues that can come from accessing the administrator folder on the disk.
2) Hard disks don't come very cheap in Italy, so I'd like to save where possible.
Does anyone have best practices/recommendations as for how I could go about archiving (using minimal space) the usable information from these older hard drives so I can reuse them? I say old, but they've likely only been used for 20 months or so and still have some good life left in them.