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How to dispose of a laptop that no longer works watch

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    As above. In my garage I've got 3 laptops that no longer boot. Looking at disposal advice online, most of it talks about resetting/running programs that will wipe your hard drive, but this is not an option.

    Is my only option to try to physically destroy the hard disk? They look pretty hard to get into, particularly the mac.

    I understand that after the hard disk is safe I can take it to a council recycling place and they deal with it. Is that right?

    Thanks for your help.
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    If you can get the back case off and then remove the hard drive, ram and battery then it can go in any computer recycling place.

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    I'd try to remove the hard drives and put them in another computer to wipe. USB --> SATA adapters can be bought off eBay for a couple of quid. If the laptops are already broken then I'm sure you wouldn't mind causing a bit of damage to get to them.
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    Recycling dump.
    Recycling charity who might try and salavage any parts then send it to a charity or Africa. They will wipe the data for you.
    Wipe the data yourself using any of a number of free programs that you cna google, just connect the hdd to a sata and power connector on any pc or as suggested above you cna buy a cheap external sata connector.
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