how to throw away old computer safely

  Markito 17:59 14 Apr 2014

I have been working on a Windows 8 computer for a while now, and my old XP laptop is no longer required. I'd like to take it to the refuse tip where I believe there is a recycling facility for such metal objects. Is there any quick and easy way I can delete or make unreadable the hard drive for the sake of security? (I no longer require any files, software or hardware on the laptop.)

Thanks in advance.

  wee eddie 18:22 14 Apr 2014

CCleaner have a Drive Wiper as part of the normal Free Download.

While I have not tried it myself, my experience of the other parts of CCleaner's Portfolio suggests that it will be very capable and is, of course, Free!

  onthelimit1 20:13 14 Apr 2014

To be sure, I'd remove the hard drive and take a large hammer to it. the rest can go to the recycle.

  mole1944 06:47 15 Apr 2014

Easy one this is remove hard drive get a case and hey presto you can after formatting it use it as a spare drive,the rest of it take to the tip where there will be a section for used electrical equipment.

  BT 08:11 15 Apr 2014

Before you send it to the dump, consider donating it for refurbishment and supplying to third world countries.

Computers for charities

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