Large-Scale Computer Removal Strategy

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Getting rid of an entire department or building of computers is no small task. Especially if you're replacing the old systems with newer units, the back and forth movement and installation instructions can lead to a lot of time-consuming movement. To devote more time to troubleshooting or repairs and less time to throwing the systems away, consider a few elements to add to your disposal strategy.

Pull Out Parts For Future Repairs

One of the biggest mistakes that businesses make when upgrading computers is ignoring the repair potential of older computers. Especially in businesses without a dedicated Information Technology (IT) team, there's simply a lack of direction for finding the right parts to put into storage.

To make repairs easier for visiting technicians or in-house IT staff, as well as reducing parts order costs and shipping time, the following parts should be considered for removal:

  • Memory modules. Also known as "memory sticks" in IT jargon, memory modules offer a faster way to access files that are used thousands of times per second instead of performing long searches across the hard drive. The sticks are durable enough to be throw into a drawer for years and still work after being installed, but for the sake of liability, try to store the sticks in dedicated containers.
  • Power supplies. Power supplies for computers are measured in different wattage depending on the computer demands. There's no wattage that needs to match the computer exactly; the wattage simply needs to be more than the computer demand. Unless you're a media business with powerful video cards, sound cards or other parts, computer power supplies made even in the past decade may have enough power for future business computers.
  • Hard drives. Hard drives store all of your documents and can be easily added to another computer as a blank drive for starting over or to access your existing files. Store these drives carefully, as the platters inside can be scratched or dented, rendering the drives useless. If the hard drives aren't working anymore, they can be scrapped for the rare earth magnets inside.

Make Old Computer Disposal Safe And Efficient

The first thing to know about computer removal safety is the sharp edges. If you're removing parts or if the side panels are missing, there are a lot of sharp edges inside the computer to watch out for.

Unless specifically advertised, most computers have internal edges that are formed by an automated cutting process. This process leaves edges that may not be sharp with direct pressure, but can slice deep into a finger if a person's hands slide or shift even the slightest bit. When moving computers and grabbing any available edge, you can almost count on a computer case cut.

If possible, make sure that your removal team has safety gloves. If not, make sure that the team carries by the painted outer parts of the computer to avoid injury. Damage can be further reduced with a garbage bin that is close enough to the exit area.

The garbage bin should have a loading area low enough for the removal team to simply place the computers without having to lift over their heads. Make sure that the bin is clean to avoid health risks and bad smells. Contact a garbage bin rental professional to find a bin that can work, as well as suggestions for computer recycling centers.

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