General Chat Thread, Giving away old computers in General; Do you wipe the hard drives? I've found it more trouble than it's worth - firing up an old pc ...
6th November 2008, 11:09 PM #16
Do you wipe the hard drives? I've found it more trouble than it's worth - firing up an old pc so I take the hard drives and destroy them. It's always difficult getting rid of old computers.
6th November 2008, 11:31 PM #17
- Rep Power
We have a store room in which all kit is dumped when taken off service - some gets put back into use (eg a load of decent CRTs came back recently when a suite was upgraded - sent them out to replace some of the grotty old ones). We tend to offer staff any keyboards, mice or monitors they may want to acquire for home use, then every so often have a big sort out and all the stuff with no possible future use to us is picked up by a reuse/recycling firm; we're on good terms with them so don't get charged!
7th November 2008, 12:43 AM #18
If anyone is struggling to get rid of equipment give me a shout, we have a company that charge us £15 per van load to collect, it used to be several £ per item but because we use them monthly we got an SLA set up with them, also there is a company based in Stoke that will come to site, wipe it all on site, give you a certificate and then give you so much for taking them away.
PM if anyone wants any more information.
Thanks to MatthewL from:
laserblazer (7th November 2008)
7th November 2008, 09:04 AM #19
We used to offer our old kit to students but recently we've found they've been taking the machines and sticking them on eBay for a quick profit. These days we offer them to staff first, and students nominated by SLT either as deserving or 'hard-luck' cases.
We've got rid of most of our old machines this year to our cleaning staff. Most of them are Polish and well-educated (some of them even with Masters degrees), but have come over to the UK for work with very few possessions, so are extremely grateful to get hold of a cheap machine. An upside of this is that our office is now very clean.
We make anyone who takes a machine sign a form stating they understand it has no warranty they are never to bring it back on site, ever.
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