Found 14th Feb 2008
Strange question - Need to get rid of my old laptop, just wondering where you get rid of it as dont think its supposed to go with ordinary rubbish.


Thanks!

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Sling it over your fence, it becomes your neighbours problem then.

Your local council will be able to dispose it for you,

Normally you might have a place in your town where the council will allow you to take your general rubbish and dispose of it,

They normally take anything electronic, general garbage, wood, sofas, cardboard and even Asbestos if packaged properly.

You can ring your local council and inquire where the local service is otheriwse you could just donate it to oxfam, freecyle or alternatively to some other charity shop.

Hope that helps

post it to me ill have it:thumbsup:

Hi

Regarding disposing of your laptop, ensure that you have either removed or permanently erased (data wiped) your hard drive, to prevent any identity fraud.

I know of a charity that recycles old and unwanted laptop and old mobile phones. (will give details if interested)

Maybe you could concider donating to a good cause.

why dont you get someone to format it and give it to the local primary school??

I know shool's around this way are crying out for comp's and laptops..

Worth a try.......

I think you should just give it to a charity shop, even if they sell it for £5 it helps alot.

Original Poster

Thanks for the help everyone

Teqnophile;1582778

HiRegarding disposing of your laptop, ensure that you have either removed … HiRegarding disposing of your laptop, ensure that you have either removed or permanently erased (data wiped) your hard drive, to prevent any identity fraud.I know of a charity that recycles old and unwanted laptop and old mobile phones. (will give details if interested)Maybe you could concider donating to a good cause.



Recently done a restore to factory settings (which didnt solve the problem) so everything should be gone from the harddrive

Computer is getting nothing other than a blue screen when I turn it on, so cant really sell it on

Knew charities took mobiles, but not laptops, please give me the details

kelly_o_fanatic;1583031

Computer is getting nothing other than a blue screen when I turn it on, … Computer is getting nothing other than a blue screen when I turn it on, so cant really sell it on



You could still sell it for parts on ebay. How old is the laptop?

kelly_o_fanatic;1583031

Recently done a restore to factory settings (which didnt solve the … Recently done a restore to factory settings (which didnt solve the problem) so everything should be gone from the harddrive



If you had any valuable data on your hard drive, then this won't be enough. You need to use a specialised program that writes over the data many times over, otherwise the data can still be read, even from a formatted drive.

If the computer is definitely unusable, then the best thing to do is to drive a nail through the HD in several places.

nightswimmer;1583430

If you had any valuable data on your hard drive, then this won't be … If you had any valuable data on your hard drive, then this won't be enough. You need to use a specialised program that writes over the data many times over, otherwise the data can still be read, even from a formatted drive.If the computer is definitely unusable, then the best thing to do is to drive a nail through the HD in several places.



or just dismantle it and smash the data disk

whats the spec of the laptop because i think people are interested in taking it off you if it isnt decades old, including me as well

There is a charity that specialises in recycling of unwanted electrical equipment, i think they will permanently wipe your hard drive so that data recovery becomes impossible.

give them a try.

thinkersforum.org/art…php

I put all my old stuff on ebay starting at 99p with no reserve, collection only. I've got rid of a dishwasher, 2 tvs and a fridge freezer so far, ok they only sold for a couple of quid but at least somebody else had a chance at them...

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nightswimmer;1583430

If you had any valuable data on your hard drive, then this won't be … If you had any valuable data on your hard drive, then this won't be enough. You need to use a specialised program that writes over the data many times over, otherwise the data can still be read, even from a formatted drive.If the computer is definitely unusable, then the best thing to do is to drive a nail through the HD in several places.


Quite correct. Saw panorama a year or so ago where they were showing how there is a small industry in India where thay try to obtain data from old hard drives!

I smash my hard drive when disposing of it.

Arent there government departments that are particularly adept at getting rid of valuable data ;-)

Original Poster

Its the Dell Inspiron 6000

Done another system restore and is working ok now (although wouldnt trust it, and am now on my new laptop!)

How do you remove the hard drive, wouldnt of thought I would be able to sell it the way it is, but suppose that other people know how to replace parts of it, whereas I wouldnt.

Original Poster

Thanks for the earlier advice everyone, now just need to know how to take the hard drive out

kelly_o_fanatic;1587084

How do you remove the hard drive, wouldnt of thought I would be able to … How do you remove the hard drive, wouldnt of thought I would be able to sell it the way it is, but suppose that other people know how to replace parts of it, whereas I wouldnt.



]Download the manuall from Dell [it's a .pdf] and look at the "Adding and Replacing Parts" section, especially p78.

I have seen same as you laptop - sold as faulty on ebay, its going for more than £100!!

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nightswimmer;1588518

]Download the manuall from Dell [it's a .pdf] and look at the "Adding and … ]Download the manuall from Dell [it's a .pdf] and look at the "Adding and Replacing Parts" section, especially p78.



Thanks, I'll take a look at that

amcol;1588528

I have seen same as you laptop - sold as faulty on ebay, its going for … I have seen same as you laptop - sold as faulty on ebay, its going for more than £100!!



Thanks, took a look and see what you mean. Would be selling it without hard drive, which would bring the price down a bit

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csiman;1588603

Why not just erase all the free space on your hard drive so it cannot be … Why not just erase all the free space on your hard drive so it cannot be recovered?http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/Best/space-shredder.html



Would CHAOS Shredder v.2.2 or File Shredder 2.0 be better? Both are free.

This would totally get rid of anything on the computer?

That would be great

Just get rid and sell as with no operating system on it due to you erasing hard drive for your own safety, someone can soon sort it out no probs!!

nightswimmer;1583430

You need to use a specialised program that writes over the data many … You need to use a specialised program that writes over the data many times over,



Boot and Nuke is good for that ( a Google will point you in the right direction)

Original Poster

Glad I made this thread, didnt know how to wipe hard drive, and wasnt planning on selling it!

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thesaint;1582711

Sling it over your fence, it becomes your neighbours problem then.



works a treat thanks :w00t:

See now you get your details scrubbed and get money on Ebay, more than you thought you would gain lol

currys will recycle your laptop for free

Q: How can I recycle my old electrical and electronic products?
A: Currys are offering free in store take back so you are able to take your items to our stores. You need not have purchased the equipment in one of our stores.

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amcol;1589325

See now you get your details scrubbed and get money on Ebay, more than … See now you get your details scrubbed and get money on Ebay, more than you thought you would gain lol



Yup just got to find someone who wants a laptop!

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You need to erase the free space, not just the files so make sure the utility you get does this.

Original Poster

Am currently running ]XL Delete

That erases the free space too. That look ok?

Original Poster

Bump.

Throw it in the bin...

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donbreach;1592171

Throw it in the bin...


Why throw something in the bin that can be re-used? :whistling:

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kelly_o_fanatic;1591151

Am currently running ]XL DeleteThat erases the free space too. That look … Am currently running ]XL DeleteThat erases the free space too. That look ok?


That looks fine. At the end of the day, its only really important to erase if you had really personal info on your PC such as bank details and passwords for banks. Name and address info etc isnt crucial data as the electoral roll shows all this stuff anyway and can be searched online for free (unless you opt out of them storing it - which I did).

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Thanks, tried to rep you but HUKD insist I spread it around first
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