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Old May 9th, 2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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Is there a trustworthy place to donate old computers or am I better off smashing them and throwing them away? Looking for something close between Livonia and Milford.
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Old May 9th, 2013, 10:41 AM   #2
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I'm not aware of a specific place in that area, but one thought is to check with a company that repairs computers. They may at least be able to take out the hard drive and destroy it for you and ideally be able to have the rest recycled?
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Old May 9th, 2013, 10:46 AM   #3
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Take out your hard drive, smash it, burn it then donate the rest
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Old May 9th, 2013, 10:46 AM   #4
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office space style destruction!
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Best buy takes them for recycle. I would pull the hard drives out and destroy them separately though. Who knows if the geek squad would try to watch all your home made single person pornos on them.
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Old May 9th, 2013, 10:57 AM   #6
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Our local Goodwill store takes them and has a crew that disassembles everything for proper recycling. Keeps the harmful junk out of the landfill and puts people to work that would otherwise have difficulty finding jobs.

Make sure a big magnet makes friends with your hard drive first
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Old May 9th, 2013, 11:15 AM   #7
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Old May 9th, 2013, 11:21 AM   #9
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Just be sure to pick up the remains....
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Old May 9th, 2013, 11:35 AM   #10
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Is there a trustworthy place to donate old computers or am I better off smashing them and throwing them away? Looking for something close between Livonia and Milford.
I know eastpointe is kind of a hike, but I know of a place. I will get you an address.
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Old May 9th, 2013, 12:01 PM   #11
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make a boot disk with this: http://www.dban.org/download or eraser from sourceforge.net

it'll nuke the hdd to military spec if desired. then pull it and dismantle it with a big freaking hammer, fire and/or acid.

unless you replace your old crap sooner than most, your old crap probably is not worth the donation. I place my remnants at the curb and they magically disappear.
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Old May 9th, 2013, 01:11 PM   #12
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As mentioned, Goodwill.

I wait until I get a skid at a time of old PC's then Goodwill typically comes and picks them up for free. Like others have mentioned, I pull the drives and drill holes in them..
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check you local community web site for a Haz Waste turn in day.

in addition to best buy taking scrap electronics, i think Staples does same, and check radio shak.

in any case, destroy/erase/magnetize your hard drive first.
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Old May 9th, 2013, 02:28 PM   #14
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I wouldn't rely on just data erasure. I would physically destroy the drive. You'd be surprised what you can recover. A drill bit through the platters usually suffices.
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Quite a few scrap yards are starting to buy E-scrap. Most will at least take it for free.
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Old May 9th, 2013, 10:04 PM   #16
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Took care of it. Took the drive out of the main computer I was concerned about. Even though there is nothing very interesting on it. Gave the rest to Canton Computers in Livonia. These kids assured me my info would be safely destroyed. LOL I'm sure they are scouring everything they can for any nudy pics or vdo's that I don't have. Heck, I would if I were them.
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Old May 9th, 2013, 10:32 PM   #17
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Took care of it. Took the drive out of the main computer I was concerned about. Even though there is nothing very interesting on it. Gave the rest to Canton Computers in Livonia. These kids assured me my info would be safely destroyed. LOL I'm sure they are scouring everything they can for any nudy pics or vdo's that I don't have. Heck, I would if I were them.
I'll send your nudy pics to them, no worries.
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I wouldn't rely on just data erasure. I would physically destroy the drive. You'd be surprised what you can recover. A drill bit through the platters usually suffices.
yep, hence:

"then pull it and dismantle it with a big freaking hammer, fire and/or acid."
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Old May 10th, 2013, 06:10 AM   #19
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If the HD is a decent size, I just put it in an enclosure and use it like a big ass USB stick.
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