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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Disposing of old laptops

Charente
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Jan 9th, 2018 08:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

I now have three old laptops lying around which I need to dispose of.

I don't think any of them are functional so using software to wipe the hard drive isn't possible.

I could take out the hard drives, drill them and take them to the dump.

Anything else I should consider?

woody
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Jan 9th, 2018 08:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

Does your town have an electronics recycling center? Some towns sponsor e-recycling events. Ours does once or twice a year. They’re very well attended.

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Jan 9th, 2018 08:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

I would remove the HD and destroy it. The rest would go to any electronics recycling center. Best Buy used to accept them, don't know if they still do.

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Jan 9th, 2018 09:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm so afraid to get rid of that kind stuff that I now have three hard drives just hanging out.

We recently had the idea of replacing our iPads with new, I will again be in the same predicament and will likely just keep the old one "on ice" somewhere.

Maybe I DO need a Safe Deposit Box!

Charente
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France

Jan 9th, 2018 09:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I'm so afraid to get rid of that kind stuff that I now have three hard drives just hanging out.3

I was happy to give stuff away if anyone wanted it. On-line banking put an end to that.


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CO2 ... is there anything it can't do?
Jan 9th, 2018 09:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

"will likely just keep the old one "on ice" somewhere."

If you were a gun guy you wouldn't have any problem finding a way to get rid of your old electrical gizmos.

Here's me taking out the trash with my MA compliant minigun

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Jan 9th, 2018 11:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

I pull out the hard drives and crush them with a hammer.

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Jan 9th, 2018 12:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yep. Place the hard drive on the ground and give it a good, solid whack with a hammer, right in the middle of it. One big dent will disable it and damage the platter to the point that it will make the data unrecoverable.

The other two things to do are

- remove the battery and place it into your local battery recycling. Most electronics retailers offer this service at no cost--especially if your local waste collection service does not recycle them, and

- remove the RAM sticks if the laptop is fairly recent because they can be used in other laptops to improve RAM performance

RAM sticks in a laptop

mfitz804
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Jan 9th, 2018 12:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

"If you were a gun guy you wouldn't have any problem finding a way to get rid of your old electrical gizmos."

Lest there be any doubt that "every thread is a gun thread"...

NoSoapRadio
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CO2 ... is there anything it can't do?
Jan 9th, 2018 01:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

^^ Sorry -- should I have added a smiley face?

mfitz804
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Jan 9th, 2018 01:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

"^^ Sorry -- should I have added a smiley face?"

No, it was implied, I got that.

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Jan 9th, 2018 05:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I pull out the hard drives and crush them with a hammer."

I do the same. Totally destroy them!


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Jan 9th, 2018 06:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Put a big magnet in them, I do.

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Jan 9th, 2018 11:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

My oldest laptop, a roughly 13 year old HP, is still working fine.
It has been demoted.
It now serves as a software reverb at my house gig.
Round trip latency is about 9ms, which is fine for predelay for a reverb.



reverendrob
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Jan 10th, 2018 04:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm still using an ancient Core 2 Duo laptop for laptoppy things - like when I had to spend most of a week at a hotel a couple months back as they did apartment maintenance.

Slow, ugly, but works.

Charente
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France

Jan 10th, 2018 08:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well I took an axe to the hard drives which was fun.

Pulled out the RAM cards but they're no use as an upgrade.

Everything will be carted off for recycling.

That was the easy bit. Separating out the various pieces of packaging, documentation and accessories that came with them is another matter.

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Jan 12th, 2018 03:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

and, don't overlook the hard drive memory in your MFP (printer, fax, scan) machines. Folks make copies of their tax returns on their work/office MFP and don't realize those doc's are stored there. Wooops.

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