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Ive got 2 old laptops I want to throw away. They both have stopped working but I know some clever sod could get them working. If I put them in water for a while would this destroy the hard drive.I just want to get rid of them without taking a sledge hammer to them. Geoff
When I got rid of my old desktops I took all the wires out and chopped up all the circuit boards. The case and some of the board went to the local recycling centre with some other rubbish, then the rest of the boards went in my household bin - lets see anyone try and put that together!
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I know this is a serious thread, with some serious and very useful answers that I will bear I mind when the time comes, but for some reason when I saw the title I immediately thought of that daft little book that was popular some years ago, called '101 Uses of a Dead Cat. Perhaps there's a gap in the market for '101 Ways to Kill your Laptop' (with pictures of course...)?
Just remove the HDD, crack the case, and then find a simple way to crack the flimsy disk at the heart of it all. A fire is the best way, but TBH the actual disk is a fairly easily damaged unit. The magnet would need to be of a very strong to to do enough damage.
Breaking the laptops into their components can wield some excellent financial results- I broke down an old lappie and sold just the keyboard insert for £70- apparently it was a very unique size on that laptop. Who knew?!
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