Two laptops, just taking up space
June 18, 2012 5:17 PM Subscribe
What can I do with these old laptops?
posted by mingodingo to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have two old laptops, replaced because they each, in turn, became super slow -- one now takes something like 20 minutes to start up, and the other 10-15. I believe the computers are a Thinkpad X41 (purchased in 2005), and a Dell M100 (purchased around 2003).
I have some sort of recovery CDs for the Thinkpad, but none for the Dell. I also don't have any Windows software.
So, my questions:
1) If possible, I'd like to fix and keep the Dell. It's small, and it would be nice to have a laptop with Windows software (I have a Macbook now). Is there any way for me to try to reformat this computer myself, given my lack of back-up CDs or Windows software, and my lack of technical knowledge?
2) Regardless of the answer to #1, assuming I don't want to keep either of these computers, but am not able to reformat them, what can I do with them other than recycle them? It'd be great if I could sell them for a few bucks (I don't expect much). However, I'm not sure if there's any sort of market for them in their current condition, AND I'm worried that, if I'm not able to format them, whoever I sell it to would have access to personal/financial/work info that's still on my hard drive somewhere.
So I guess my second question boils down to whether there's a relatively simple way to reformat / erase a hard drive without backup software, or alternatively, any other way to sell the computers without having to worry about the security of data stored on them.