How to get rid of old computer ?

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yorkshirelass

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Hi folks...am new to this site, it looks good tho'. I have two old computers I want to get rid of, but I need to have them totally wiped first.....or do I ?

I know I cannot just take them to the skip, as I'd be open to someone getting hold of my info etc. So.....what do most people do or...what do you all recommend please ?
 

etaf

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open them up - take out the harddrive and put a sledge hammer through them - Or Keep them.. i usually use the hammer - BUT I have also removed and left with clients and where I have had to return the hardware I used to use UBCD 4 windows and also now use
http://www.dban.org/

so 3 choices
 

dustyjay

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these drives also have some pretty good refrigerator magnets inside them. My compass seems to think that my refrigerator is magnetic north. I have about 50 magnets from drives on it.
 

yorkshirelass

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Just read all your replies...and I had thought of a hammer too !!

Dare not even look at the dban site on this computer unless I accidently delete everything here............so will hook up my old ones to view and delete.

Great response and very well done everyone :):):)

I know where to come now for answers I cannot fathom out.
 
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You inspired me to count, and I'm chagrined to report I have only 18!

these drives also have some pretty good refrigerator magnets inside them. My compass seems to think that my refrigerator is magnetic north. I have about 50 magnets from drives on it.
 

dustyjay

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I have had some of them for more than 15 years. From old Seagate 5MB MFM Drives. I learned the hard way do not get pinched between two magnets when playig with them, IT HURTS!
 
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