Put it in there on a 'buyer collects' basis and that will save you petrol and the council having to dispose of it. Make a note of the fact that there is no hard drive and say how much a replacement is through somewhere like ebay and let the potential new owner sort it.
I use Freeegle /freecycle, too. Never had a problem with "no-shows". Whether charity shops will take electrical goods depends on whether they have a qualified electrician ( paid or unpaid) on hand who will check over all electrical goods that they receive. I work in a Save the Children shop - we don't take anything electrical, because we don't have an electrician; nor does a Scope shop nearby; but an Age Concern does -or rather, it did until they lost their electrician.
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