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Getting Rid of a Computer?
Wipe Your Hard Drive to Protect Personal Information
We recently received member feedback asking us what you should do to protect your information when you need to recycle or donate a computer. There is an
important step you should take to protect your personal information. Run a disk wiping program that you can download from the Internet—simply putting items
in your trash or recycle folder is not enough to eliminate your personal information. This program writes meaningless data to the drive. Information wiped
includes your Internet's browser cache, cookies and history, your email contacts and messages, your recycle or trash folder and any non-transferable
Disk Cleaning Options
For Purchase Windows Disk Cleaning Software
Blancco Data Erasure Software - blancco.com
WipeDrive - whitecanyon.com/erase-file-index.php
Free Windows Disk Cleaning Software
Active@ Kill Disk Hard Drive Eraser - killdisk.com/
Darik's Boot and Nuke - dban.org
Macintosh Disk Cleaning Software
Disk Utility (built-in in Mac OS X, under "Security Options")
WipeDrive for Mac - whitecanyon.com/wipedrive-erase-hard-drive.php
Once you have successfully wiped your hard drive, there are several options for computer donation and recycling.
Goodwill. Visit reconnectpartnership.com to learn what is accepted and at what locations. Computers are either
reused, used for parts or are recycled. Revenues from the sale of donations help Goodwill provide job training programs, employment placement services
and other community-based programs for people with disabilities.
Visit your city's website. There you'll learn what is accepted, if there is a cost and drop-off locations. Cities often
hold special collections as well. You can also visit epa.gov for additional recycling programs including local, manufacturer and retail programs and
government-supported donation and recycling programs. Techsoup.org also has listings of area refurbishers that donate to local non-profit groups.
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