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Tips On Disposing Of Old Computers

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April 6, 2016
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At the rate that technology is now evolving, most computers aren’t even built to last for more than a few years. This means that many people are going through computers at a faster and faster rate. So what does this mean for you? You might be wondering what to do with old computers.  It is essential that you go through a few steps when switching over to a new computer.

After you have imported all of your old data onto the new computer, you need to get rid of the information from the old one, however, simply deleting files or putting them into the recycle bin is not enough. These files are still stored on the computer’s hard drive. To have your computer completely wiped of all of your old information, you need to format the hard drive. It is important to note, however, that once the hard drive is formatted, you cannot retrieve any of your information anymore. Therefore, be sure that you have transferred over all of the information that you will need before doing this. There are different ways that your hard drive can be formatted. Some programs erase the entire disk while others end up overwriting the hard drive multiple times until the data is untraceable. Another option is to destroy the hard drive physically. However, if you choose this option, it is a good idea to go to a professional company because many parts of an old hard drive can be recycled. Also, even if you smash the hard drive yourself into small pieces, it is possible that information can still be gathered from small pieces.

Another option is to trade in your old computer or to donate. Many charities or nonprofits, for example, will accept old computers and will donate them to people who need them. If you would like to trade in your computer, multiple companies will give you a discount if your computer is still in relatively good condition. So, if you are wondering what to do with old computers, call West Coast Computer Recycler for a QUOTE today!

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