External hard drive - Anker docking station


SoSH Member
Jul 25, 2007
A couple months ago my laptop died and a member on here recommended the Anker docking station so I could retrieve my data quickly.  I purchased it and when I insert the old hard drive it detects the drive however it says I need to format the disk before I can use it.
I tried to re-partition it without formatting, but when "Shrinking the drive" it tells me it will erase any data on this.
Am I out of luck or have I done something wrong?
note:  the diagnosis was the motherboard crashed on the old laptop