Disposing of old computer hardware

Technology can date quite quickly these days and you may find there comes a time when your business wants to sell, recycle or dispose of old computers.

Make sure you’ve taken the necessary steps to delete off business information so that old computer can’t be used as a potential source of information to steal your customer data.

Backup or copy off all the important data and then wipe the hard disk using a suitable piece of software – just deleting files and emptying the bin will not erase your data securely

If you auction off old hardware without permanently deleting the hard disk you could find the buyer has access to your data.

A popular tool for wiping hard discs is Darik’s Boot and NukeThe Government Communications Security Bureau recommends Blancco.

Recycling old computers

There are many organisations across the country that welcome donations of old computers and recycle or upcycle them for use by others both in New Zealand and abroad.

Consider contacting a local supplier or the eDay Trust before destroying your old technology or look for a local e-waste specialist. Your local council may also be able to advise you of local businesses to save dumping.

The Ministry for the Environment has a guide to the safe use and disposal of computer equipment.