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    • cashmonger
    • By cashmonger 11th May 17, 10:36 AM
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    Where to get rid of old computer
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    • 11th May 17, 10:36 AM
    Where to get rid of old computer 11th May 17 at 10:36 AM
    I forgot I have an old amd3200 computer in the other room which I never use so it would be good to get rid of it rather than move with it.

    It took my mum like 6 months to find someone to take her old computer but then that might have been to do with her living in a very rural area.

    I would prefer it found some functional use rather than just being scrapped.
    Last edited by cashmonger; 11-05-2017 at 12:57 PM.
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    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 11th May 17, 11:03 AM
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    • 11th May 17, 11:03 AM
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    • 11th May 17, 11:03 AM
    I forgot I have an old amd3200 computer in the other room which I never use so it would be good to get rid of it rather than move with it.

    It took my mum like 6 months to find someone to take her old computer but then that might have been to do with her living in a very rural area.

    I would prefer it found some functional use rather than just being scrapped.
    Originally posted by cashmonger
    Try http://www.computeraid.org/donate.html / http://www.ukitrecycling.com/charity or google for alternatives !!
    Last edited by 50Twuncle; 11-05-2017 at 11:07 AM.
    • toshi
    • By toshi 11th May 17, 12:27 PM
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    • 11th May 17, 12:27 PM
    • #3
    • 11th May 17, 12:27 PM
    I forgot I have an old amd3200 computer in the other room which I never use so it would be good to get rid of it rather than move with it.

    It took my mum like 6 months to find someone to take her old computer but then that might have been to do with her living in a very rural area.

    I would prefer it found some functional use rather than just being scrapped.
    Originally posted by cashmonger
    Would you like to use this computer as a fully capable and reliable secure backup internet computer ?

    Then I would suggest to install LinuxMint 18 MATE 32BIT (or if it doesn't work, try 17 MATE 32bit)

    https://linuxmint.com/

    (If your computer is fully working and ready to use, it is more likely to be taken by somebody as well. I have offered an older computer with LinuxMint, Wthin a couple days, the computer was collected happily.)
    • cashmonger
    • By cashmonger 11th May 17, 12:57 PM
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    • 11th May 17, 12:57 PM
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    • 11th May 17, 12:57 PM
    I found there is a collection at my building once a week so just gonna give it away.
    • SouthUKMan
    • By SouthUKMan 11th May 17, 9:15 PM
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    • 11th May 17, 9:15 PM
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    • 11th May 17, 9:15 PM
    Please, please remember that you run the risk of giving away your personal data when you handover your PC to someone else - no matter how old the computer is (and therefore how old and irrelevant you think any data is). Obviously no one on here has any idea what you used the computer for, but most people have their CV (with date of birth, address, etc on it), maybe a file called 'passwords 'that you created to help you remember account details, maybe bank account info, or details of your energy supplier, etc. Any or all of this information can be used by someone to create a detailed profile of 'you' and use it to impersonate you with the aim of defrauding you. Don't trust your hard drive to a stranger. Either remove and physically destroy the drive, or use specialist data shredder software to make your data unrecoverable. Simply deleting files is no good - as they can be recovered in full.
    • DavidP24
    • By DavidP24 11th May 17, 11:12 PM
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    • 11th May 17, 11:12 PM
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    • 11th May 17, 11:12 PM
    www.Freecycle.org
    Thanks, don't you just hate people with sigs !
    • letsbehonest
    • By letsbehonest 13th May 17, 9:51 AM
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    • 13th May 17, 9:51 AM
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    • 13th May 17, 9:51 AM
    Remove the hard drive and leave the case outside your house, before long someone will nick it.
    "Imagination is more Important than knowledge"
    • Frozen_up_north
    • By Frozen_up_north 13th May 17, 12:40 PM
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    • 13th May 17, 12:40 PM
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    • 13th May 17, 12:40 PM
    I found there is a collection at my building once a week so just gonna give it away.
    Originally posted by cashmonger
    As others have said, take out the hard drive and destroy it first. You might not think there is anything important on the PC, there will be and it is recoverable.

    A friend was given a business laptop when they were upgrading and said the hard drive had been cleaned by a computer shop... it was still full of files containing billing and account information.

    The only safe way to ensure a hard drive contains nothing of value is to treat it to a good few blows from a lump hammer, or if you are paranoid cut it up with a "gas axe".
    • unforeseen
    • By unforeseen 13th May 17, 1:00 PM
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    • 13th May 17, 1:00 PM
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    • 13th May 17, 1:00 PM
    If it is a collection arranged by your company then unless the policy is to remove the hdds first then part of the contract will be for secure destruction/wiping of the hard drive. If that isn't in the contract then they are being screwed over.
    • Moon Keh
    • By Moon Keh 14th May 17, 10:55 AM
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    Originally posted by DavidP24
    I've offered stuff on Freecycle a number of times; some stuff goes and some really doesn't! You can never tell what will or won't. It's worth a week to try.

    What I've done on a number of occasions with things that I just want to give away (and don't attract attention after a week or two on Freecycle) is stick it on eBay for a quid, collection only. I reckon it reaches a wider audience, and has been fairly successful for me.

    As others have said, before getting rid, remove the hard drive and give it a serious injury.
    Signature on hold as I've seen no unused witty comments to plaigarise.
    • boliston
    • By boliston 16th Sep 17, 6:01 PM
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    I always keep my old pc as a spare.
    • decbel
    • By decbel 16th Sep 17, 9:18 PM
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    Spares or repair on ebay.

    But watch the postage.

    Personally I always remove the hard drive And that would have to be in the description.

    Easy job and I'm fortunate that the tip (recycling centre) is only 2 miles away.
    Last edited by decbel; 16-09-2017 at 9:21 PM.
    • zagubov
    • By zagubov 17th Sep 17, 1:02 AM
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    If it's an easy-to-use one like a mac I'd give it to a relative who hasn't one. (after wiping off all personal data and warning them not to reply to foreign "finance ministers" or whatever). Load a browser with favourites including this website and any others like it.

    Being connected's not just a great boon nowadays, it's getting towards becoming a necessity.
    There is no honour to be had in not knowing a thing that can be known - Danny Baker
    • Carrot007
    • By Carrot007 17th Sep 17, 1:41 AM
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    They lied. a single wipe with all zeros is all that is needed to make the recovery of data both cost and time prohibitive,so much so it will never happen. Someone may find a new technique of course. But I doubt it. And with SSD, recovery after wiping is even harder.
    Last edited by MSE ForumTeam5; 18-09-2017 at 12:01 PM. Reason: Quoting deleted post
    • unforeseen
    • By unforeseen 17th Sep 17, 7:05 AM
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    They lied. a single wipe with all zeros is all that is needed to make the recovery of data both cost and time prohibitive,so much so it will never happen. Someone may find a new technique of course. But I doubt it. And with SSD, recovery after wiping is even harder.
    Originally posted by Carrot007
    He couldn't put that though. It would have ruined his advertising spam for he company
    • Markyboyuk
    • By Markyboyuk 18th Sep 17, 8:29 AM
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    Get shot of old computer
    I know the software the company I used it cost about 3k to purchase as I did ask the question. Not sure you can complete a complete and sufficient clean yourself. Anyway I had mine shredded as I did not want anyone to access the hard drive cleaned or not. Due to my job I am quite sensitive about ID Theft and Data protection possibly more than you average person. I would recommend shredding a drive always.
    • LeeUK
    • By LeeUK 19th Sep 17, 2:52 AM
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    Freecycle it, always folk out there who like to tinker on with old machines will take it.

    Also don't believe all the hype about destroying the hard drive into 1000s of pieces either. A complex overwrite of 35 passes will do it. Heck even write over the drive again to doubly make sure if it makes you feel better.
    • zaax
    • By zaax 19th Sep 17, 12:26 PM
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    r if you are paranoid cut it up with a "gas axe".
    Originally posted by Frozen_up_north
    Even cut into pieces data can be retreaved. The only way it to melt it.
    Do you want your money back, and a bit more, search for 'money claim online' - They don't like it up 'em Captain Mainwaring
    • LeeUK
    • By LeeUK 19th Sep 17, 12:43 PM
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    Even cut into pieces data can be retreaved. The only way it to melt it.
    Originally posted by zaax
    But all your datas will float to the top if you melt it.
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