How to safely dispose of laptop or computer

How to safely dispose of laptop or computer

December 5, 2023 UER Team No Comments

The hard drive of your personal computer is a treasure trove of sensitive information. It houses your financial details such as account numbers and tax returns, as well as personal tidbits like emails and cherished photos. But before bidding farewell to your old computer, it is vital to take precautionary measures and erase all traces of your personal information.

How to Remove your Personal Information Before You Get Rid of Your Computer

Back It Up

Consider the valuable information you want to safeguard, such as cherished photos, important documents, or memorable videos. Assessing the amount of storage space required to store this data will enable you to select the most suitable backup solution. Here are some options to consider:

Option 1: Transfer -Your Files to Your New Computer 

If you have recently purchased a new computer, a convenient option is to transfer your data from your old computer to the new one. Most operating system manufacturers typically provide informative support articles that offer step-by-step guidance on how to successfully complete this process.

Option 2: Save Your Files in the Cloud 

Another alternative is to securely store your files and data online. You may already be familiar with popular services such as Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox, or iCloud, but there are numerous other options available. Many providers offer a certain amount of free storage space and provide the option to purchase additional storage if needed.

Option 3: Save Your Files to an External Storage Device 

An affordable alternative for storing your data is a USB flash drive, which offers a moderate amount of storage. Additionally, you can opt for an external hard drive, which may be slightly more expensive than a USB drive but provides more storage capacity and faster data transfers.

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Safely Dispose of Your Hard Drive

Ensuring the proper destruction of your old hard drive is crucial to protecting your sensitive data. Here are some options for businesses and individuals to consider:

Hard Drive Shredding for Individuals

For our residential customers, we provide convenient cost-effective hard drive shredding services at our facility in Coppell. We are open from Monday to Friday, between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, offering flexible appointment options for you to witness the secure destruction of your hard drive. You don’t even have to worry about removing the hard drive from your laptop or desktop, as our expert team will take care of it for you and shred it in your presence.

Hard Drive Shredding for Businesses

For our corporate customer, we understand that data security is of utmost importance. That’s why we offer a range of comprehensive hard drive shredding services to meet your specific needs. Our dedicated team will conveniently come to your business location to collect your end-of-life hard drives, ensuring a hassle-free experience for you. Alternatively, if you prefer to maintain custody of your hard drives until they are destroyed, we also provide on-site mobile hard drive shredding. This secure service allows you to personally witness the destruction process right at your facility, giving you peace of mind. Rest assured, each hard drive shredding service offered by United Electronic Recycling includes a detailed certificate of destruction, providing you with the necessary documentation to ensure compliance and accountability.

To learn more about, visit our hard drive shredding page, or contact us to learn how UER can assist you with your electronic recycling needs.

Hard Drive Recycling Process

At United Electronic Recycling, we recognize the significance of protecting your personal information and the potential dangers that come with improper disposal of hard drives. As part of our recycling process, we guarantee the complete destruction of all data on hard drives in accordance with the NIST 800-88 guidelines for Media Sanitization. Our wiping software ensures that every trace of your personal information is thoroughly erased, leaving no room for potential data breaches or identity theft. Whether you’re an individual looking to dispose of your old computer or a business seeking comprehensive data security solutions, count on United Electronic Recycling to handle the proper disposal of your hard drives, ensuring the confidentiality and security of your personal information.