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Disposing of computer hardware

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by domtyler, 13 Jan 2008.

  1. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I have a pile of computer hardware to get rid of. Do I bin it or can I recycle?

    We are talking four or five hard drives, a complete PC, a motherboard, some RAM, various cables and other bits and bobs that all have to go.

    Obviously this much metal must equal a years metal foil/tins recycling so I can't really see much point in recycling the foil and then binning this.
     
  2. yorkshiregoth

    yorkshiregoth Master of all he surveys

    Location:
    Heathrow
    Make sure you drives are completely wiped. Don't want to leave any personal info on there.
     
  3. OP
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    domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Or porn! :blush:
     
  4. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    On another forum, I read that old computer hardware sells well on Ebay if you have the inclination to take a punt. Might be worth searching for what you have and seeing whether it is fetching any money.
     
  5. SamNichols

    SamNichols New Member

    Location:
    Colne, Lancs
    The local tip usually takes them, and the blokes who work there filch what they want out of it, if you can't sell it. You can also put in on freecycle as well: you may not want it, but someone else may.
    (The hardest things to get rid of are old monitors by the way, noone wants them)
     
  6. The Velvet Curtain

    The Velvet Curtain Living La Mala Vida

    If your hard drives have ever held personal data then best advised to hammer a couple of nails through them, not even the CIA could retrieve the data then.
     
  7. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Tell me about old monitors.... we have two really nice 17" CRT ones.... one to try and get rid of... the other on a spare PC for the young kids..
     
  8. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    I was worried when an under warranty HD failed - info on the drive - no way of recovering other than try a strong magnet (no use apparently) as it had to be returned in good condition and the drive was dead... it was a 'mirrored drive' - i.e. RAID, so potentially had photos of the family and other bits on - and NO.....NO PORN.....

    I'd recommend RAID for anyone whose motherboard supports it - my PC is 2-3 years old.... saves your bacon...
     
  9. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    I vaguely recall at one point seeing an organisation that ships such unwanteds to the third world, can't remember the details unfortunately. There's definitely one for bikes, I know 'cos I tried to get my puch clubman shipped to the third world, but I don't think even the third world was that desparate.

    Do a search on t' internet.

    I once saw a skip full of old CRTs, and that was back in 2002, so they must be even less popular now what with TFTs coming down in price.

    Could try sticking it on, as 'non-guaranteed', however pretty much ALL second hand hard-drives on ebay say 'non-guaranteed', so...
    If they're less than 80GB i wouldn't expect them to fetch much at all and wouldn't waste the auction fee.

    I'd personally just bung the whole lot on freecycle, someone will just pick it up.
     
  10. OP
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    domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Well you've convinced me, I'm gonna stick 'em in the bin.
     
  11. Speicher

    Speicher Vice Admiral Staff Member

    You could try www.computersforcharity.org.uk

    There should also be a facility at your local council "tip" for putting old computers in. Our local Freecycle often has people requesting old computers and hardware, and who ever wants it would collect it from you. I expect the same applies in your local area. That is on www.freecycle.org Hope this helps.
     
  12. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Freecycle is pretty good - we've disposed of a few things on there !!! Just glad it helps someone else out !
     
  13. killiekosmos

    killiekosmos Über Member

    Don't the WEEE regulations apply to old electrical kit? They have some 'nasty' biyts not ideal for landfill. My local council has a special container at the recycling yard just for computers, TVs monitors etc.
     
  14. Speicher

    Speicher Vice Admiral Staff Member

    Err yes, that's what I meant to say - a special recycling facility (large container) at the local tip.
     
  15. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    If you're getting rid of hard drives then use a program called DBAN on them. (google it) It writes random cr@p to every sector, so any data is gone for good.
    Usual disclaimer - no connection, no axe to grind. It's what I use at work for secure wipes. Runs from a CD and takes a few hoyrs.