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How to dispose of Useless Computer?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Onceabum, Aug 7, 2011.

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  1. Onceabum

    Onceabum TS Member

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    My computer crashed and burned. Any special way to dispose of it?

    Thanks. . .BB
     
  2. dave-320c

    dave-320c Well-Known Member

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    call your city hall; ask if they have "e-waste" availability.

    dave
     
  3. Big Heap

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    You're not the Lone Ranger.

    Pull and save the hard drive.
     
  4. Haskins Bill

    Haskins Bill TS Member

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    The Goodwill donation centers here in NW Ohio take them and other electronics. They have a deal with Dell to come and get them and they go to recycling centers to be stripped down. Just about everything is recycleable. give yo a receipt for yoiur taxes too if yoiu wnat. Take the hard drive out even the info on a dead on can be recovered. Use it for target parctice/ the hard drive taht is. Bill
     
  5. cnsane

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    Before you shoot the hard drive into unreformattable oblivion, swipe the magnet from it. I don't know what they're made of, but if you put one on the front of your refrigerator it will suck all the cans out of the nearest cupboards.
     
  6. ljutic231

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    Take it out to the Street and put a sign on it for sale and it will be gone the next day.
     
  7. quartering

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    you don't want to give away or sell the hard drive. the thing spins at 8000 rpm's for the data to be read so you'll need to damage the surfaces of the plates so that the data can't be read. drilling 3 or 4 holes through the thing will do it. and it's easy to drill through a hard drive. it's pretty lightweight stuff. good luck with it
     
  8. Etiquette

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    Whats the best way to remove any data? Does formatting do the job?

    I donated old computer stuff to the Salvation Army -- they seemed happy.
     
  9. Catpower

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    Don't ruin the discs out of the hard drive, just run a magnet round it and scramble all the stuff on them, then if you have a carport, shop or someplace that birds are a nuisance, hang the discs on some fishing line, the birds won't go in there because the light reflecting off the discs scares them away.

    CD's will do the same thing but the discs in the hard drive last alot longer, and trust they work great
     
  10. quartering

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    screw the magnet, drill the disc. it takes a 110 volt magnet. i doubt you have one. good luck with it
     
  11. John Galt

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    Send it back Stevie Jobs. Sorry but I couldn't resist.
     
  12. ivanhoe

    ivanhoe Well-Known Member

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    You might check the website posted above I don't know exactly how it works. They will pay you money for some electronics equipment.

    It couldn't hurt to find out it might be better to get something for it than to just give or throw it away. Just a thought.

    Bob Lawless
     
  13. capvan

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    I used to do data recovery from damaged/corrupted discs. The ONLY way to destroy data on a hard drive is to physically damage/destroy the actual disc. A couple of shots from a .22 is usually how I did it. Or a drill. Shooting them is more fun.

    cap
     
  14. Pull Bang

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    Not taking any chances. I pulled the hard drive and used a propane torch on it, thoroughly burned it up. Made an awful mess of it, guarantee, it could never be read!

    Replaced it back in the computer and took it to the local recycled center.

    Frank
     
  15. X Trap 2

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    Donate it.
     
  16. atadams77

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    goodwill sometimes takes computers. i would pull the drive first.
     
  17. fcolonna

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    I think they are (rare earth) neodymium magnets, used in motors in the aerospace industries. Allows for smaller more powerful motors.
     
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