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Old 10-28-2007, 07:02 AM
 
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Hi!
I would like to donate a used computer to charity. Does anyone know where I can donate it and they can erase our important information on the computer?
Thanks!
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Old 10-28-2007, 12:01 PM
 
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As far as I know, Goodwill has a computer store that will erase the hard drive, including OS, before resale.
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Old 10-28-2007, 07:40 PM
 
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best place to donate anything to is the Crisis Assistance Ministry. Yes they clean up hard drives and computers.
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Old 10-29-2007, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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best place to donate anything to is the Crisis Assistance Ministry. Yes they clean up hard drives and computers.
I agree, and Goodwill be next. Good thing about Crisis is the things go directly to those who need it. With computers and the goodwill though it fits because they use some to train people who need it and sell other ones at their Freedom dr store.
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Old 10-29-2007, 07:44 PM
 
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Thanks you very much!
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Old 12-23-2007, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Indian Land
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I just bought my wife a new computer for Christmas and I will donate the old one....Does anyone know if they dump your hard-drive right there...or does anyone know of an online tool that you can download....I have probably about 5 years of personal docs on there. Maybe, I should remove the hard drive and donate it? If I did....do you know if they would even want it?
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Old 12-23-2007, 10:34 AM
 
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deleting/reformatting isn't enough as the data is still there, you need to basically fill the hard drive with new data to overwrite the old stuff and then wipe that data, to be safe.
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Old 12-23-2007, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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We pulled out the hard drive entirely before donating to Goodwill. They will take the computer without it.
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Old 12-23-2007, 11:14 PM
 
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Assuming your computer still has the juice and space required for addl programs you want to check out Norton Utilities. it has a module called wipe info that safely deletes files: you do a drag and drop and it will do a complete delete. removing hard drive is a good option and assuming it is over 40 gig you might want to add it to another computer. in my experience, i have several computers with two or 3 hard drivers. once one is obsolete (too slow or small), i know i can bang it on a rock and toss it out.
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Old 12-24-2007, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Indian Land
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thanks guys...I think I'll probably remove and save it..Never know if I might need something down the line.
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