Best Practices for Disposing of Old Computers
Newer and faster laptops, phones and tablets are being released every day it seems, but what are
we supposed to do with the outdated devices we no longer want to use? The security of proprietary
and personal information and environmental issues are the primary concerns when disposing of
unwanted computers. Here are some guidelines we recommend when phasing out computers from
your business or home.
Deleting a File Does Not Actually Erase Information
When you delete a file from the hard drive, the operating system only deletes the information that
describes where the file is located. Simply deleting files, emptying the recycle bin or reformatting the
hard drive is not enough to cover your digital tracks. In addition to documents, photos, videos, and
private information that is accessible on your computer; there is also your Internet browser’s cache,
cookies and history; email contacts and messages; and the recycle or trash folder.
Don’t take a chance with the security of your business and personal information. A Computer
Troubleshooters technician can complete any of the following strategies when trying to secure your
personal information on an old device.
The most cost-effective and commonly used strategy is the use of a software utility that overwrites the
hard drive with random characters and binary data anywhere from three to more than 30 times. These
utilities are typically referred to as data destruction software, hard drive eraser software or disk wipe
Another effective but more costly solution is degaussing. This is the erasure of information through the
use of a powerful magnet. Degaussing disrupts the magnetic domains on the drive, which erases your
data while also rendering the drive permanently unusable.
The physical destruction of a hard drive is the only way to absolutely and forever ensure that the data
is no longer available. There are contractors who will perform this task on site, using the appropriate
tools and safety precautions. We do not recommend this type of hard drive destruction by consumers.
Donate or Recycle Your Old Computer
Extending the computer’s lifespan through re-use provides the highest environmental benefit.
There are many donation programs that bridge the digital divide by providing schools, non-profit
organizations, military personnel, low-income families and students with needed technology.
When you donate or recycle an unwanted computer, there are a lot of details you will need to be
concerned with such as; maintaining the security of information that was stored on the computer,
locating local technology recyclers and refurbishers, and tax guidelines for charitable donations. Don’t
feel overwhelmed by all of these details. Let your local Computer Troubleshooters take on the burden.
One of our professional technicians will be happy to explore the various options available to you when
deciding how best to dispose of an unwanted computer. Here are some considerations when donating
or recycling a computer:
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It’s a call no one wants to make to their IT service provider. You’ve turned on your computer, and nothing happens. Undoubtedly, the voice on the other end of the line asks if you backed up your data. That’s when panic sets in.
No matter what got you into this situation, whether it’s a disaster that struck your office, a computer reaching the end of its lifespan, or an accident involving your computer, having a consistent backup plan in place is your only protection against the loss of one of your businesses most important assets – your customer records and transaction data.
In fact, research shows that almost half (43%) of all businesses that suffer a catastrophic data loss will never reopen. Even more will be out of business within a year.
So what can you do to ensure your data’s safety?
Computer Troubleshooters offers a full line of data backup solutions for small and medium businesses that range from simple onsite backup procedures to fully automated online backup solutions No matter what your office and data needs are, we have a solution that fits you and your budget.
Some companies want a backup for the backup, especially in the cases of extreme disaster or power failure. For these clients, an onsite data server can be used along with an automated online solution to allow for maximum protection and the fastest recovery time possible if your office suffers a major catastrophe, which is incredibly important for companies who are dependent on data to operate.
If you have quality backup measures in place, then data recovery will generally be a quick and painless process and you should be up and running in no time. If you do not have a backup plan for your office, then recovering your data becomes a much more complicated process.
It is significantly more expensive to attempt to recover data, especially if there is a lot of physical damage to the hardware, than it is to have your data available in a safe location that simply needs to be retrieved. Also, there is no guarantee that the data will be found, or that what is retrieved will be accessible. Computer Troubleshooters does provide data recovery services, but would always recommend that all of their clients invest in a quality backup solution.
Protect your company by protecting your data today. Talk to your local Computer Troubleshooter about the best protection mechanisms for your data, or about any of your technology needs … before it’s too late!
We are proud to announce a new partnership with MyCloudStore.
MyCloudStore is the one stop shop to provide small to medium sized New Zealand businesses with the tools they need to become productive, efficient, and easy to manage. There is no software to download or data to backup and your business software is available anywhere, anytime, via the internet.
The solutions that are currently available on MyCloudStore.co.nz are:
We are happy to assist you with getting started with any applications on the store. We can make sure that you have the resources needed to begin using the applications, show you a demonstration of the products provided, and provide you with quotes for any products that you may be interested in. Feel free to give us a call or send us an email if you have any enquiries about the applications on the MyCloudStore.co.nz website.
Below are a list of tips on how to keep your computer safe.
Just in Case. . .
In case a virus finds its way to your computer, due to carelessness, an accident, or anti-virus software that hasn’t been updated since you got it for your birthday last year, at least be prepared. Backup your computer Hard Drive or important files regularly. If you don’t know how, contact us for a solution.
Computers have become an indispensable part of our lives. You need to use it for work, studies and even shopping over the web. There are few things though that you will do well to know so as to ensure that your experience of working on a computer remains a pleasant one without the hassles that can throw your work off schedule and require you to spend on computer repairs. Some precautions can make it a smooth sail for you. Let’s look at a few points to remember for the purpose.
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