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Old 04-13-2008, 08:56 AM   #21
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If your computer hardware is not too ancient, take the drives out and make them into external drives. This is what I do. It gives me access to the old data without having to make those hard decisions on what to put on the new computer. The people at work think I am weird to remove drives before getting rid of computers; something about donating them to charity. I think they are nuts to donate a drive that they have just erased by the delete command but admit that no one reports any problems coming from it.
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:31 AM   #22
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A lot of charities dont want old computers because they're hard to sell, dont do much and in some cases can be a pain in the butt to dispose of. Less so now that many communities have electronics recycling programs for free.

Not that long ago Goodwill wouldnt take a television or computer monitor, they might still not want them.

I had a hell of a time trying to get rid of two monitors and two 1990's era computers some years ago. Ended up leaving them out in front of my wifes old house overnight and that took care of it.
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