How do you get rid of old laptops?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Gofirstclass, Dec 24, 2018.

  1. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Over the past 10-15 years I have gone through 5 laptops, being on my 6th now. I've just put the old ones in my closet and stacked them up but now I realize they're just taking up room. Most of them died a sudden death and were replaced and one or two just got so old and slow I decided to get rid of them.

    So now comes the question> how in the heck do I get rid of them? Should I be concerned about the data on the hard drive? Should I remove the hard drives and destroy them before tossing the laptops?

    Your thoughts?
     
  2. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
    Remove the hard drive and drill a few holes in it.
    Check with your city - they probably have a place to drop them off.
     
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2018
  3. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    Ooopps. dropped it overboard. Just kidding, as said above move towns has recycling.
     
  4. ddmusser

    ddmusser New Member SILVER Sponsor

    29
    Aug 14, 2018
    West Michigan
    1985 sea ray sundancer
    Twin 260 alpha drives
    I’m thinking about asking the Clintons the best way. It’s the most effective way I’ve seen. Wait...... not seen. Sorry, couldn’t resist, I am wondering the same thing, I’ve accumulated a few myself.
     
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  5. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    I remove the hard drives, pound them to pieces, particularly the disc. Then toss parts in the trash each week for a week or two. Donate machine to a place that recycles the metals.

    MM
     
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  6. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    I have used a utility to wipe the disk drive. One in particular I have used is Dban. I think we would be surprised how many people donate old computers leaving tons of personal information on them.
     
  7. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    +1 on DBAN (dariks boot and nuke).
    It's still not 100% but it puts it well outside of the normal recovery process.

    You should also be concerned with CF & SD cards and any USB thumb drives. A simple delete or even formatting will leave plenty of data or images behind.

    -Kevin
     
  8. GypsmJim

    GypsmJim Member

    96
    Aug 8, 2018
    Western New York
    '19 SPX 190 OB, 150 & 5 Mercs
    '17 Whaler 150 Montauk
    '15 Yamaha FXHO
    '60 Mulray Dinghy
    '52 Lyman 15'
    Mercury 150 4-stroke
    68 Outboards representing 11 manufacturers
    Remove the hard drives and smash them to bits. Then take the parts to a Best Buy and throw them into their recycle bin. Easy peasy and costs no money. Alternately, some towns have annual free pickups. Don't throw them into the trash because its not environmentally responsible.
     
  9. QT1

    QT1 Active Member

    492
    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    Now, new to me, 1990 350 Sundancer, "Quality Time II". Avon rib w/ Yamaha 4 stroke. Upgraded GPS
    7.4 Mercruisers
    Our landfill collects computers, laptops. I would do the same, remove the hard drive and recycle the rest.
     
  10. dpvandy01

    dpvandy01 Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 6, 2007
    Cincinnati, Ohio/Ohio River
    2003 320 Sundancer
    &
    2012 185 Sport
    &
    2014 Sea Fox 256 Commander
    Twin 6.2L Close Cooled V-Drives & 3.0L Alpha 1, 300 Yamaha OB
    I take them to the gun club
     
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  11. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I like that idea. Paste a bullseye target on them and blast away.

    I figured I should remove the hard drives but, lazy bustard that I am I thought there might be an easier way. That'll give me something to do tomorrow.

    Thanks for all the feedback. Merry Christmas to all of my CSR brothas and sistas.
     
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  12. electricaldoctor

    electricaldoctor Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 14, 2008
    Thousand Islands, Rockport, Ontario.
    1988 390 EC
    454 Mercruiser Gassers
    Do you have an electronic waste depot in your area?
     
  13. electricaldoctor

    electricaldoctor Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 14, 2008
    Thousand Islands, Rockport, Ontario.
    1988 390 EC
    454 Mercruiser Gassers
    Take the hard drive a part. They have a really strong magnet in them that may be useful to you.
     
  14. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Electricaldoctor, I'm not sure. I have a friend who owns a computer repair shop. I could give her a call to see if there is one.

    Thanks for that tip, also for the tip on the magnet.
     
  15. wyrman

    wyrman Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    912
    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
  16. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    I just replaced a couple of hard drives. One was 8 screws and a plug, the other was 12 screws and a plug. 5 minutes each to remove and button back up.

    MM
     
  17. boatman37

    boatman37 Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
    2006 Crownline 250CR. 5.7 Merc BIII
    Previous: 1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer. 260 Merc Alpha 1 Gen 1
    5.7 Merc BIII
    Definitely obliterate the hard drive. Drill holes, smash with a hammer, etc. DBAN is good but don't trust it 100%. I have a degree in Computer Forensics & Security and it is possible to retrieve data after it has been wiped (DoD has done it). Not likely any 'rookies' would have success but why chance it.
    The VA policy mandates hard drive destruction, not wiping (DBAN)
     
  18. wyrman

    wyrman Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    912
    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    There's a hard drive shredder out where I work.
    I don't have access to it, but we do maintenance on it.
    The Dept of Energy takes cyber security pretty serious.
     
  19. SCORPIO

    SCORPIO Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    Delaware
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    A 12 gage shotgun does a great job on those pseky hard drives. Then take what's left to the recycler.
     
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  20. Cincy Aquaholic

    Cincy Aquaholic Active Member

    Mar 15, 2009
    Cincinnati
    290 SS - 2016 Ford F250 Powerstroke
    Twin 5.7 with Bravo 1's
    You may want to consider saving the hard drives and using them for storage. Usually it’s the OS that goes out or the laptop itself but the HD is still useable. You can buy a very cheap device to plug a hard drive in and connect it to a USB on a PC and at least get pics or other files off it. You just can’t run the programs from it. But media should show up. And you can store other media on it. I have 2 like this.
     

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