How To Dispose Of Your Old Laptop Securely

How To Dispose Of Your Old Laptop Securely

If you’re holding onto your old laptops because you’re worried about how to securely remove any trace of your old data then don’t worry this blog will tell you the easiest methods of removing your personal date from your laptop and how to get rid of it safely.

How To Completely Wipe Your Laptop’s HDD

Hard drive disc detail with mother board. Backup device

Backing Up Your Data

Even if you haven’t used your laptop in years. You’ll still want to backup any data on it just in case you end up needing that data somewhere down the line (Plus you don’t want to end up accidentally deleting some old baby photos!)

Here is a quick guide on preforming a back-up on Windows 10.

  1. Open up your control panel (You might need to search for it)
  2. Go to System and Security
  3. Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7)
  4. Now go to Create System Image
  5. You can now select where you would like to back up your data to ( An external HDD, CD, Etc )
  6. Now you can Start the Backup

Backups can take a while to complete but it’ll be worth it to know your data hasn’t been lost.

If you’d like some more advice on how to preform backups on windows devices Microsoft offer some excellent guides. If you’re using a MacBook check out this advice from Apple

Wiping Your Data

Once you’ve finished backing up your data you can now start to wipe the data from your laptop.

Here is a quick guide on preform a data wipe on Windows 10

  1. Go into your start button
  2. Chose the settings option (The gear icon in the start menu)
  3. Chose Update and Security
  4. Chose the Recovery Option
  5. And now select Get Started
  6. From here you can select the option to Remove Everything
  7. You can now begin wiping your data

If you’d like more advice on how to wipe the data from your laptop then check out this article form Microsoft. For those using Apple Devices then have a look at this advice from Apple.

Best Methods To Get Rid Of Your Old Laptop

Once you’ve finished backing up & wiping your data from your laptop you’re probably ready to chuck it out. However, you should consider recycling your laptop. Our previous post goes into more depth on why you should consider recycling your laptop with Sellmelaptops. When you recycle with Sellmelaptops you could potentially receive some quick cash for your old laptop and you can be sure your laptop is recycled in an environmentally conscious way.Service engineer work with computer motherboard

Should I Still Recycle My Laptop If I’m Unable To Wipe My Data?

If you’re having some trouble wiping your data from your laptop but would still like to recycle it then don’t worry! We’re able to help. When we receive your laptop one of the first things we do is completely wipe the hard drive before we begin our recycling process. This means your data will be securely wiped from your laptop. If you’re having issues backing up your data before sending it to us, then get in touch with us & we will try and provide you with the best advice we can!

If you like what you’ve read and would like to recycle your laptop with us just fill out our laptop questionnaire and see if your old laptop could get you some quick cash!