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MonteCarl
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#1 Posted on 31.8.04 0831.08
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I'm moving out of my house and I have this old computer that no longer works. I blew out the power supply when I plugged it in not knowing the computer's on switch was turned on. One loud pop and a room stinking of sulfur later, and my computer was dead.

I was wondering what to do with this now broken computer, besides throw it to the curb. Anyplace I can take it to get a few bucks for it? A used computer store or something like that who might want the parts? Any ideas?

--Monte N
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#2 Posted on 31.8.04 0850.41
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Sledgehammer. Good for the soul.
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#3 Posted on 31.8.04 0859.20
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Often the computers do contain toxic materials, so folks would prefer that you take it to a specific computer recylcing operation as opposed to just pitching it.
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#4 Posted on 31.8.04 0901.30
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I Frankensteined several of my own and my mother's computers, and made a pretty serviceable one. It's not going to win any speed awards, but it's good in her office to check email, write letters, and play solitaire.
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#5 Posted on 31.8.04 1014.32
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I donated a few old PCs to the local high school - they are good for taking apart, and putting back together. It's a real accomplishment for a kid to take a few things that don't work and make something that does work out of it.

Like Roy said, they won't win speed awards, and I reformatted the hard drives so there'd be no remnants of my por- uh - personal files on them.

Plus, I was able to get a tax break for the charitable contribution.
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#6 Posted on 31.8.04 1345.15
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I would never give a hard drive away. You would be best served to find an incinerator.

Unless you've NEVER used a credit card, done your taxes, banked online, accessed a password protected site, said something personal, told a dirty joke, read a controversial site, downloaded a song, looked at an adult web site, etc.

In that case, feel free to give it away.

I'd pull the hard drive and destroy it just to know for sure that nothing was recovered.
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#7 Posted on 31.8.04 1641.09
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    Originally posted by MonteCarl
    I'm moving out of my house and I have this old computer that no longer works. I blew out the power supply when I plugged it in not knowing the computer's on switch was turned on. One loud pop and a room stinking of sulfur later, and my computer was dead.

    I was wondering what to do with this now broken computer, besides throw it to the curb. Anyplace I can take it to get a few bucks for it? A used computer store or something like that who might want the parts? Any ideas?

    --Monte N
Power supplies are (relatively) cheap...if that's ALL you did, why not just get another one? Even if YOU don't need it, there's probably a neighbor's kid that might need someone to worship...
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#8 Posted on 31.8.04 1655.16
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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    I would never give a hard drive away. You would be best served to find an incinerator.

    Unless you've NEVER used a credit card, done your taxes, banked online, accessed a password protected site, said something personal, told a dirty joke, read a controversial site, downloaded a song, looked at an adult web site, etc.

    In that case, feel free to give it away.

    I'd pull the hard drive and destroy it just to know for sure that nothing was recovered.


But we all know you're crazy and overly paranoid Guru

There are ways to make any information on a hard drive almost completely irrecoverable. It just takes some time and effort to do it right.

-Jag
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#9 Posted on 31.8.04 1743.33
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According to CNN, Office Depot will accept your old electronics for the next week or so (money.cnn.com). Although I haven't been able to find anything on Office Depot's official website one way or the other, (but I haven't looked very hard,) so you may want to call first to verify.

(edited by EddieBurkett on 31.8.04 1844)
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#10 Posted on 31.8.04 2041.12
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I can't get my new computer and old computer together to get my old files...the "wizard" can't seem to get the two to find each other...

I've heard it is possible and possibly easier to hook up the old tower as a slave drive (and then transfer files)...is this advisable and will a google search tell me how to do it?

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#11 Posted on 31.8.04 2049.21
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Grimis is right, just don't throw it away. There are heavy metals that need to be recovered before it's pitched.
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#12 Posted on 31.8.04 2204.41
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I'm assuming that you mean hard drive and not tower when you are talking about hooking them up together...

One option you could think about is buying a USB hard drive case. These are about $50, but the advantage is that you can hook up your hard drive to it and have it as an external hard drive. This saves the wear and tear on the new PC, and it's pretty hard to screw up an external drive kit.

You could also pop open the case on your new system and put the old HD in there. The setup on this will depend on how your PC is configured. Generally, from the factory, you will have your HD as a Master on the Primary IDE channel and some sort of optical drive (CD-RW, DVD, etc) as the Master on the Secondary IDE channel. Depending on how old the old HD is, you may want to change which IDE channel you put it on. Most people recommend HDs seperate from Optical because the IDE channel drops to the speed of the slowest device on it - however - if you have a really fast new ATA 133 drive and your old drive is just a vanilla IDE drive or 33 or something, you might impact your performance while it is plugged in... so... read the instructions You'll most likely have to switch your old HD from Master to Slave in order to get this to work - you can only have one master and one slave per IDE channel.

It's not hard - but the easiest way is still the $50 USB deal - and the advantage of that is that you get to keep your old HD for additional storage.
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