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Hard Drive Disposal Suggestions Desired

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Hardware' started by BGBG, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. BGBG

    BGBG Registered Members

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    I am not at this point yet and I do not store damaging personal data nor government secrets, but decided I was not comfortable disposing of 1-5 or more old computers intact so anyone could retrieve whatever data I might have on it and have likely forgotten anyway.
    So I was wondering what to do with hard drives of any laptop or desktop I might discard, working or not. Have read to take out hard drive, hammer it to pieces and throw it away. So I thought I would ask what would be the best thing to do with a hard drive of a PC I have decided to dispose of or recycle and keep any data from others who might misuse it to my disadvantage.
     
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  3. starbuck

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    If you are going to dispose of the computers anyway .... a hammer sounds like a good idea.
    If you are going to recycle it, then use one of Rustys links to an eraser program.
     
  4. BGBG

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    What might be some reasonable recycling methods or places? My computers are mainly just old, not broken but just not used because from 1998 on. Old stuff doesn't work well with new stuff I have learned. One day I may just decide to free up some house space and take a few monitors and desktops somewhere to be rid of them. Even if they work, I find it hard enough to keep track of one or two. I am a known "keeper" (hate to say HOARDER) and I like to save things if I anticipate a future use. Have discarded things and later regretted it. But I use basically two laptops, both of which are outdated 7 and XP, and have 4 1998 desktops and monitors. Never thought about discarding or recyling until recently and thought I would ask.
     
  5. plodr

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    I e-cycled an old working computer in the 90's to an Indian reservation. Another I donated to a small business. (CCleaner would erase the parts of the hard drive specified.) One I took to a junior high school where a student took at working parts and built a "new" computer from what worked. (Of course that was a few decades ago.)

    Perhaps Goodwill would accept a working laptop. Ask around at Church's. They usually operate on a shoestring and your computers might be better than what they use.

    Later I just took them to BestBuy. We removed the hard drive, RAM sticks, and power supply. (The power supply is good as a spare unit for testing.) BestBuy no longer accepts monitors but we found an e-cycling place that takes LCDs and flat screen tvs. If you have old CRTs, you'll have to pay someone to take them.

    As far as the hard drive, my Swiss army knife Geek tool can remove the screws. They have strong magnets which my husband uses in the garage to paste notes to a metal surface. The plates are metal so we key them then put into a metal box for recycling at 2 different metal places.
     

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