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'Community Computer Recycle' Scheme

Monday, February 21, 2005

Guarding privacy with donated computers

Organisations and individuals may have some concerns relating to protecting privacy. To assist with this we have developed a process for processing all donated computers.

Students have participated and responded very responsibly to making improvements to this process.

When donated computers arrive for the recycle scheme we
  • store them until our next lesson
  • boot them to BIOS to determine specifications
  • If the hard drive is of a useful size we use a program to over write the data on the disk.
  • If the hard drive is not of a useful size we remove the hard drive and physically drill a hole through it to render it useless
Thanks to one of our students for doing the research to find a program for erasing hard disks.
The program that we use to over write the data on the disk is "Active@ KillDisk FREE version"


We welcome feedback to make this process better.


  • Great work!
    It is wonderful when students get authentic tasks to do that augment their learning is such a meaningful way!!!!

    By Blogger kirsty amos, at 10:19 am  

  • I would recommend DBAN which also has free version or a networkable "enterprise" solution which really streamlines the process. In many ways it is more reliable than physically destroying the drive

    By Anonymous computer recycler in houston, at 11:14 am  

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