how to safely recycle old laptops

  pollpott 10:07 28 Sep 2008
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we have three old laptops with old versions of windows which have not been used for ages. they dont boot up properly anymore but may contain data which we would not want to be read by others. if i removed the hard drives would they still be any use to anybody? we also have a desktop wich has been replaced but it does still work, is there a way to remove all data but keep the operating system so that it can be recycled?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:22 28 Sep 2008

remove all data but keep the operating system so that it can be recycled?

Do a factory restore on them then delete the free space by using the cmd cypher

click here

  GANDALF <|:-)> 10:25 28 Sep 2008

Remove the hard drives and belt them with a hammer. This works well.

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  pollpott 11:16 28 Sep 2008

thanks for the link, i'll certainly have a go with the cmd cypher. do you think that old laptops are any use given that they dont boot up?

  lotvic 12:49 28 Sep 2008

to destroy data on old hard drives I use GANDALF <|:-)>'s foolproof method. It hasn't let me down, ever.

If the old laptops are 'broke' and you don't want to spend money and/or effort trying to mend them take out the hard drives and belt 'em to a pulp then take the rest of laptop to the local electrical recycling tip.

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