The joyous day is here! You couldn’t be any happier, but before you commence this happy union, your old computer is looming in the corner. Knowing that, you don’t feel quite complete with the new one until you reconcile disposing your old computer. Simply tossing it in the trash is the worst thing you could do, especially if you still have all your info on it. Here are the most basic steps you want to take for disposing your computer properly.
- Save Files -Any files that are important to you, you’ll want to save on either a flash drive, external drive or you can also back up your files to the cloud.
- Wipe or obliterate your hard drive- you’ll want to uninstall any programs, erase browsing histories and wipe the data off of it. If you could physically damage the hard drive as well by taking it out and smashing it to bits.
- Recycle or Trade in- if you want to simply recycle your computer, you can find options online for local companies. Just make sure you check them out compared to others and that they’re a good source. Some companies will also allow trade ins from your old device to new.
Aside from keeping a journal, our computers might hold the most information of what we do consistently in our lives. Making sure your data is transferred properly and all you information is taken off is essential. From an environmental perspective, you want to do the proper disposal. An IT professional can help you with the proper disposal as well. Some people find this to be their most comforting option. Either way, do right by the process. Besides, the old one served you well. Don’t they deserve the proper send off before you start carrying on with the new one?