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So, what should you do? Here are a couple ideas on computer disposal that may help:
* Go ahead and recycle your computer in an EPA fashion, but remove your hard disk drive and add it to your new system for extra storage (Secure); * Find a local company that will melt you hard disk drive. Usually a recycler or machine shop will do this for you (Secure, but it will cost money); * Find a local company that will use a degaussing machine in order to eradicate your hard disk drive (Secure, but it will cost money); * Use a secondary application to format your drive, but run program 3-5 times even if it states it’s not necessary (99.9% secure, but still possible to recover data).
Computer Disposal and EPA ---------------------------------------------- Make sure when you recycle your old system you comply with Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") guidelines. Here are some basic facts on computer disposal that will help you.
According to official EPA website www.epa.gov:
* The Environmental Protection Agency has strict regulations regarding disposal of hazardous materials; * Penalties for violations are distributed in form of fines as well as Public Service; * Nearly 250 million computers will become obsolete in next five years; * Many people discard computers every three to five years; * In 2004, only 11 percent of personal computers retired in U.S. were recycled.
Conclusion ---------- TVs and computers can contain an average of four pounds of lead (depending on their size, make and vintage) as well as other substances of potential concern like chromium, cadmium, mercury, beryllium, nickel, zinc and brominated flame retardants. These materials need to be handled carefully and are potential health hazards.
On top of all chemicals and biohazards, your computer probably contains personal information. If this information falls into wrong hands, you could be on receiving end of identity theft and various forms of fraud.
Websites that may be of interest:
* The Computer Disposal Requirements section of EPA; * SnapFiles Handy Recovery data recovery freeware tool; * R-tools Technology R-Wipe & Clean disk cleaning and PC privacy software.
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About The Author ---------------- Jackson Morgan is a Sr. desktop support specialist and works with small to large businesses. He is certified to work on many platforms and has over eight years experience in the field. If you would like to contact Jackson you can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.