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So after replacing the dead CD drive in my computer, not too long after replacing the motherboard and case, I find myself in a position of having enough parts to completely rebuild a (useless) computer.

I need to get rid of this stuff, since I'm moving soon, but I know dumping them in the dumpster isn't the most environmentally friendly thing to do. Any suggestions on how or what I should do with all of these defective parts? And what would be the best way to dispose of a hard drive while insuring no sensitive information could be pulled from it?

Thanks in advance for the advice...



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I'd take the hard drive and physically destroy it if you are worried about it. Fire is pretty effective. So is a sledgehammer.

I usually donate my stuff before it's too useless.



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If you have watch-repairing screwdrivers, opening the HD and exposing it to air/dust (or fire) is a pretty quick way to make it useless.

Other than that, you might want to see if any second-hand computer stores would give you $15 or so for the rest of the computer if any part of it is still working. They can slap a quick CD drive in it and sell it for something to someone.


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    Originally posted by Battlezone
    And what would be the best way to dispose of a hard drive while insuring no sensitive information could be pulled from it?


(Assuming your HDD still runs)
If you want to leave the drive intact, something like this:
http://dban.sourceforge.net/
Should give you some piece of mind. Google "Wipe Disk" for similar programs.
Even if you are going to take a hammer to it, it can't hurt to wipe it first.
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