All electronics eventually make their way to the great big motherboard in the sky, but instead of tossing your laptop into the trash, recycle it or donate it.
The precious metals and plastic in your laptop can be removed and utilized in different ways. If your laptop still has life in it, there’s a good chance someone else will be able to utilize it.
Whatever condition your laptop is in, recycling or donating it is an excellent way to reduce e-waste, aid in the mitigation of the ongoing chip scarcity, and assist families in need.
Here’s how to get your laptop ready for recycling or donation, as well as where to look for places that will accept it.
If your old laptop has been gathering dust in your closet for a while, you may have forgotten what you saved on it. Old photos, music, and games—files that may or may not have made their way into your Google Drive.
It’s usually a good idea to double-check, even if you’re confident you don’t need anything on it. (I recently discovered almost 11,000 music files on one of my old laptops that I had forgotten about.)
If you come across any files that you’d like to save, there are a few options for doing so. If you don’t want to deal with a physical storage device,
You can utilize a cloud storage service like Google Drive, OneDrive, or Dropbox. Each includes a desktop and mobile interface, allowing you to access your files from any platform.
Any modifications you make to the files will also sync to your device.
If you need a lot of storage, you may have to pay for each of those services on a monthly basis. (OneDrive and Dropbox only provide you 5GB of free storage,
Whereas Google gives you 15GB right away.) If that doesn’t appeal to you, consider the following:
It’s time to wipe your computer clean now that you’ve backed up all the files you want to save.
Fortunately, this is a lot easier (and safer) than throwing everything in the trash or manually removing browser cookies that preserve your log-in and credit card information.
Each operating system has its own “hard reset” button. All you have to do is locate it and press the button, and your computer will handle the rest.