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Disposing of old PC
« on: Saturday 20 June 20 10:32 BST (UK) »
I'm sure this is a problem most of us encounter!  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: Disposing of old PC
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 20 June 20 10:50 BST (UK) »
Our council take 'small' electrical items with the weekly waste collection,under the Weee scheme.
My son told me to take the hard drive out and smash it up with a hammer though.

We have just taken a previous one to the tip also,again after smashing up the hard drive.
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Re: Disposing of old PC
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 20 June 20 10:51 BST (UK) »
Some charities take them, we format hard drive first [takes a while but removes all data].
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Re: Disposing of old PC
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 20 June 20 12:29 BST (UK) »
Some charities take them, we format hard drive first [takes a while but removes all data].

Sorry but all formatting the drive does is remove the "index" to the data most if not all the data can be recovered.
To remove the data it has to be overwritten and reformatting does not do that.

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Re: Disposing of old PC
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 20 June 20 12:30 BST (UK) »
Turn it into a small fish tank  ;D

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Re: Disposing of old PC
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 20 June 20 12:34 BST (UK) »
Screwdriver job, remove the hard drive, store or destroy if you have copied all the files you want then donate it to a charity clearly mentioning that the hard drive has been removed.   CEX stores sell refurb hard drives for 10 to 20 so it's still a bargain for some hard up soul.
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Re: Disposing of old PC
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 20 June 20 12:36 BST (UK) »
Turn it into a small fish tank  ;D

Which sort of "small fish" would you recommend? ::)

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Re: Disposing of old PC
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 20 June 20 12:39 BST (UK) »
Turn it into a small fish tank  ;D

Which sort of "small fish" would you recommend? ::)


Guppies ?  ;D

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Re: Disposing of old PC
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 20 June 20 12:43 BST (UK) »

Guppies ?  ;D

Methinks tiddlers would be more apt!