New Laptop Guide - Plus Data Wiping Information
How do you know when it’s time to upgrade your laptop to a newer model? Is the display failing? Does the diminished battery life impede you? Is it too large and cumbersome to lug around all day? Has the keyboard become glitchy? Of course, I can fix most problems you may be experiencing, but these are sure signs that it’s time to invest in a new laptop. But with thousands of options and confusing references to RAM capacity, SSD, GB and TF cards it can be tricky knowing which one to choose!
Which? Can help you find the best laptop for your needs by asking a series of simple questions: Whether you need your laptop for personal use or for work, whether you take your laptop on the go and what your budget is. They have trusted reviews, but ultimately look for a good price and stick to a brand you recognise, and a seller/company you trust with a good warranty/returns process.
What can I do with my old laptop?
When you're done with your old laptop, Mac or PC, don't just throw it away – you could sell, donate or recycle instead, but make sure you safely remove any personal data on your computers hard drive first!
Where to sell: Ebay, Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree and other selling apps
Where to dispose of/recycle
Your local council may run a scheme for recycling old computers (but it might charge for collection). For more details, go to the Environment Agency Website or contact your council.
I also offer a free recycling service, leave your equipment with me for free of charge and it will be wiped and recycled for free of charge! Just arrange a time to drop off your equipment!
Where to donate
Donating your unwanted computer equipment to a charity is a great way to help others. Check for any instruction manuals, cables, or accessories that you could donate with it and include the software licence and any installation CDs
WeeeCharity is a NON for profit UK registered charity that helps to relieve poverty by offering a FREE complete recycling of computers and electrical equipment to businesses, residential and education facilities. The equipment can be new, working or at the end of its life - they can take it no matter what condition it’s in.
ComputerAid have helped over 14.5 million people worldwide since 1997, providing over 260,000 computers in over 100 countries, enabling over 1 billion hours of learning!
In all cases, it's essential to take some steps to securely remove the data on your computer!
Before you sell, dispose of, or recycle your computer equipment, it is imperative that your documents have been removed. Your information is important, it belongs to you and that's exactly how it should stay. In the wrong hands, not a lot of your information can be dangerous. Scammers only need simple details like your name, address, and date of birth to fraudulently use your identity.
Certified Data Wiping is a method of ensuring that your old technology has been cleaned of your information. Before selling, giving away or recycling your equipment it is important to be sure none of your data is left. I offer full data wiping to desktop and laptop computers and provide a certificate of completion for your peace of mind.
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