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Disposal of Old Technology Equipment


Hello, this is David Quick from Total Cover IT ®, and today we are going to talk about properly disposing of old technology equipment. You have and old computer,an old server, how do you get rid of them? You can’t exactly take them to the trash. They’re not we call what we call landfill-safe.

In addition, you have to consider that they may have very important information, confidential information, private information on them that you don’t want to get into the wrong hands, so you can’t exactly throw them away.

So, what do you do? First off, you find a local recycling center that can handle disposal of old computer equipment. Now, before you take your equipment to the recycling center, you need to take out the hard drives of every single computer, every single server that you bring to the recycling center.

Now once you have those hard drives, you have to destroy them. If you’re the Do-It-Yourself type, you can just take a hammer and a drill and just have at it! But, if you don’t want to go that route, there are places that do hard drive shredding. Very often, places that do paper shredding also do hard drive shredding.

Now, if you have trouble trying to figure out how to do all this, you can always go to your IT source, and very often they may have a place that they work with and they can facilitate the entire disposal of the equipment and the destruction of the hard drives.

Now, let’s not forget about mobile devices like your smartphone or your tablets. They have information on them too. And let’s talk about copiers. They may have information as well. Who knows what might be on those hard drives? So, just be mindful of when you’re disposing of any piece of technology equipment, be aware that there may be information on there that you need to have destroyed as well.

So, I hope that this was helpful to you today. If you got any questions, feel free to reach out to me. I’m David Quick from Total Cover IT ® where our I is on your T®. Thanks for watching.

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