Recycling my trusty old laptop

  Stompbox 17:46 02 Jan 2014
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Hi. My laptop is almost due for retirement. I'd like to recycle it if possible, but don't want any data to fall into the wrong hands. Should I remove the hard drive and destroy it? Or is there some software that would wipe the drive completely and securely? Any help would be greatly appreciated, please.

  wee eddie 19:07 02 Jan 2014

I don't charge my computer very often but all the previous Hard Drives have been removed and turned into External Drives

  bumpkin 19:26 02 Jan 2014

Good battery then.

  onthelimit1 08:54 03 Jan 2014

bumpkin :-)

  chub_tor 11:15 03 Jan 2014

The only truly secure way to make sure that no data is available on an old hard drive is to hit it with a hammer several times, that said for most purposes the DriveWiper included with CCleaner Tools is perfectly adequate. Like wee eddie I re-use my drives as external back ups.

  alanrwood 12:13 03 Jan 2014

Look for "BootnNuke". It is an iso which you make a CD from. Boot with it and it will completelt destroy the data on the whole disk. It is a program specifically for this problem.;

  woodchip 19:17 03 Jan 2014

As above, I used a USB caddy to convert it for external Storage

  wee eddie 20:14 03 Jan 2014

If you decide to buy a Caddy. Pay extra and go for one that is USB3. You'll not regret it

  Terry Brown 09:51 01 Feb 2014

When you decide to dispose of your old laptop, find your local Freecycle' group and offer it to them.

This is a group that rather than dump old stuff (could be anything) will post it on their website and if anyone wants it they will collect. This is a FREE site, in the respect that all goods are given FREELY and no money exchanges hands.

You might even find something that you would like on that site.

Terry

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