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    Best way to dispose of a laptop

    Can anyone suggest a good way to dispose of a laptop? I have an old one (circa 2008) that I no longer use. It has an issue where it shuts down as soon as it's started up and therefore about a year ago I replace it. The reason I kept the old one is because I could get it started up long enough to erase the hard drive and don't want any of my documents/information falling into the wrong hands. I don't need anything off it (had backups) and I'm not really interested in trying to sell it. Does anyone know of a way to safely dispose of it without spending a lot of money to do so?

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    Remove the hard drive, and smash with a hammer. The rest of the laptop you can take to the local waste centre.

    Funghi

    Remove the hard drive, and smash with a hammer. The rest of the laptop … Remove the hard drive, and smash with a hammer. The rest of the laptop you can take to the local waste centre.


    buy a caddy n cable for a couple of quid, put hard drive in it, got yourself removable hard disc.

    Most laptops have a section on the back that can be removed with just a couple of screws to reveal the hard drive. Even if not the whole back would come off with relative ease.
    You could re-use the hard drive in an enclosure like one of the these.
    amazon.co.uk/Enc…nch

    remove hdd and offer it for parts on here sure someone will pay courier price especially if it has coa etc

    leitchyleck

    buy a caddy n cable for a couple of quid, put hard drive in it, got … buy a caddy n cable for a couple of quid, put hard drive in it, got yourself removable hard disc.


    Bit slow with my response :-)

    why is it shutting down - ie if it's software related you could boot of a cd or usb and run a program like partition magic and erase the disk
    worst scenario - remove the drive and then sell the laptop on ebay for spares (people always need old laptops and will often fix them)- if all else fails get a big magnet an leave it next to were the hard drive is and all data will soon be gone? (ok I have not ever had to try this)
    Edited by: "matthat" 19th Feb

    Got any young kids? Install MAME and just have as a dedicated arcade machine.

    Remove hdd and sell it.

    remove hdd and pop it into a caddy amazon.co.uk/s/?…i_b and use it as a backup portable hard drive

    You could securely wipe the hard drive prior to giving it to charity etc. You can find some software here:
    lifewire.com/fre…174

    May be worth checking to see if your local council collects old electrical appliances. Mine does with the bins each fortnight.

    Your local Currys electrical store with also recycle old electronics - no need to have purchased anything.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. I've ordered a mini screwdriver from eBay and I'm going to try and take out the hard drive. I'll then either try to sell everything else for parts of just throw them away.

    Jaestar69

    Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. I've ordered a mini screwdriver … Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. I've ordered a mini screwdriver from eBay and I'm going to try and take out the hard drive. I'll then either try to sell everything else for parts of just throw them away.


    Nice one, if you cannot get the hard drive to work outside of the laptop be sure to drill a hole through it before you throw it away.
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