Secure Hard Drive Removal /E-waste

What do you do when your laptop or computer has come to the end of its life?

Throw in the skips? Give it to charity? Ask a friend?

As a registered E-waste carrier with the Environmental Agency, QLine IT can advise and assist on the disposal of your hardware, and in particular, your hard drive. Ensuring that not only is your old computer correctly disposed of, but most importantly, your hard drive that contains all your personal data, pictures and financial history, is securely destroyed. Below are some options.

Give to charity or schools

QLine IT is often asked on the procedure when donating a laptop, computer or Mac to a charity. Whilst this is a very generous gesture, it does come with considerations.

Due to the nature of computers, all hard drives contain your personal data. There are software options to delete your data however, to do this you have to wipe the drive.

The operating system must be then installed. Is this a job you could do, or would you need a professional? Or is it cheaper to install a new drive?

If the computer is in good condition, and has a good specification, then it can be worth replacing the hard drive and installing a fresh copy of your operating system. QLine IT provide a discounted price for any computers being donated to a charity or school.

Computer disposal

Give your hardware to a friend

QLine IT is often asked on the procedure when donating a laptop, computer or Mac to a charity. Whilst this is a very generous gesture, it does come with considerations.

You are replacing the device. Why? Is it slow or unreliable? What about your data?

Send your computer for recycling

The most common option when upgrading your computer is to simply dispose of it. In times gone by, these outdated desktops and laptops were sent to landfill with no thought given to the personal data on the hard drive. Thankfully, we are a lot eco-friendlier and security conscious.

For a small fee QLine IT can remove your hard drive and the hardware can be sent to IT recyclers who utilise the metals in your computer. The hard drive can either be retained by you or can be securely shredded.

Other hardware such as printers, monitors, keyboards and mice can also be disposed of in the same environmentally friendly way. Just ask for the QLine IT e-waste disposal service.