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I've had my Mac 7 months... now I want to destroy my Dell


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Hi all. I love my MBP and would never think of going back to the dell piece of junk I once had. I have a question, though. I no longer use my dell laptop, but it has some important info on it (even though it doesn't work well at all....is extremely slow and crappy). I don't really have plans to sell it, and I don't want to just 'throw it away' because I fear someone could retrieve information on it if they really wanted to. I have absolutely no use for the computer. What do I do with it? Destroy it? How would I delete the files on it? or clean sweep the hard drive?
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you should remove the hard drive and kickbox it.
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that's it? only the hard drive? I am not very computer savvy... haha
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I agree with skeptik and just destroy it. just make sure to get the information you need out of it first.

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ok. this will be fun!
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keep the ram. you never know when that will come in handy.
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Try Kill Disk to erase your HDD.

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try selling it, make a few bucks.
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What model Dell Laptop is it? Might be worth selling. $$$ is $$$ after all!
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I'd reformat the drive and see if I couldn't sell it. Chances are you're going to sell that old, slow machine to someone who doesn't know how nor is interested in attempting to retrieve that sensitive information.

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There are always people around that could use a computer, but just can't afford one. Ask around. I don't have the room nor the desire to keep all my old systems, so I have always been able to find someone deserving of them. While old and dead to me, it's still new and exciting to someone.

You can use a program to write over your old data if it's that sensitive. Most of mine never had anything on them that I was really worried about. I just blow it away. Re-partition, re-format and re-install the OS. Then I'll spend a little time installing the must have software on it - you know Adobe (or Fox-it reader), flash, Open Office....

Someone will get a lot of enjoyment out of something that is basically trash to you.

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Destroying it would be a waste. I'd rather you give it free/sell it cheaply to someone who needs that Dell for work and stuff.

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I've taken old systems to Goodwill. They are usually quite happy to take them and it's a tax write off for the current value of the machine if you live in the US.

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Do like I do, I run a zero fill utility on the hard drives.. it is a much hardier formatting tool, do a google search for zero fill boot disk.. Then I stock pile the old computers until I find someone that needs it. The area I live in is fairly rural and poor, so I give out as many computers and laptops as I can to school kids and families trying to get on their feet. Or mail it to me and I will make sure a family in need gets it.

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I know how you feel, but what a waste.

Either remove the HD replace it and sell on ebay.
You can then make the old HD into an external one by buying a case for it.

Give it to someone you trust with you're files. Mine went to my mother.

Or remove the HD and give it to a needy cause, but they have to replace the HD themselves.

Don't just trash it.

I really do know how you feel though, by the time I bought my Mac I'd begun to punch my desktop and my laptop in frustration.
They have both been rehomed with persons who appreciate them now though and I'm happy about that.
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