How do I make sure that my information is removed before taking my old eletronics for recycling?
May 2, 2012 12:53 PM Subscribe
What steps do I need to take before recycling my old computers?
posted by asnider to computers & internet (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've got an old desktop computer and a dead laptop that have been sitting around taking up space in my apartment. I'm in the process of moving and have no intention of taking these with me, so I plan to recycle them.
However, I want to make sure that I remove any potentially sensitive info first (banking info, passwords, etc.).
The desktop is an old Windows XP machine that, frankly, might not even boot up (it's old and had been dying for a long time before I replaced it). Assuming it does boot up, what's the quickest and easiest way to wipe it clean? (And, if it doesn't boot up, am I safe?)
The laptop died while I was installing a new OS. It had just finished deleting all of the old OS, to the point that it couldn't be restored, and then died before installing the new OS. Do I need to do anything here or can I consider it dead and safe to recycle?