Pinpointing Salvageable Parts Before Throwing Out Computers

The world of technology is constantly changing, which leads to a lot of new computers in a lot of households and businesses. If you’re thinking about upgrading from an old computer or need to replace a broken system, there are a few parts you should consider salvaging before just tossing the old system aside. The following components are quite useful, even after a few years have passed.

Double Check The Hard Drive

Whether your computer is ‘broken’ or in need of an upgrade, you need to make sure that you’re not throwing away a perfectly good hard drive. Even if it’s slower than new technology, the bulk storage may be worth it.

Hard drives are used to keep all of the important files that keep your computer running. You’re not just using the hard drive for programs, pictures and videos, but also for the operating system–the operating system is the environment that allows you to point, click and type with all the modern conveniences of today’s computers.

If your computer is broken, think about what may be wrong. If it’s simply not turning on, there may be other problems unrelated to the hard drive. If you have a virus and just want to move onto a new computer, you can wipe the entire hard drive–virus free-and start from scratch.

You can even use a newer hard drive as your main system and just put the old hard drive in as an extra bank of space to keep more files. It won’t slow down the entire computer; your files stored on that older hard drive will simply move more slowly.

If the hard drive isn’t working at all, you can take it apart and retrieve the rare earth magnets. These magnets are very strong and sought after by professionals across many industries and hobbyists alike. Recycling programs with computer recycling plans can help you match the different recyclable materials to people who want or need them.

Memory Has Resale And High Repair Value

Random Access Memory or RAM is used to deliver data to the processor faster. Instead of searching an entire (potentially slow) hard drive for the same files thousands of times per second, memory keeps the most common files in a much faster data bank.

Memory generally doesn’t go bad. Memory sticks from the 90’s are still bought and used for older systems, so it’s just an issue of having compatible memory for current models. Standard desktop and laptop memory falls under the Double Data Rate (DDR) standard, such as DDR3 or DDR4. The standard is labeled on the memory stick itself or on the motherboard, but can also be observed by looking at the physical notches that prevent memory generation mismatches.

These sticks are easy to store and can be sent to computer recycling programs for upgrading older systems no matter the generation. If you’d like to have a specific recycling program to make sure that your computer or parts are put to good use, contact a recycling center like Parks & Sons of Sun City, Inc.

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