What Happens To Hardware

Computers are dropped off to us, or we arrange a pick-up with you. After we have them, the hard drives are wiped using Darik’s Boot and Nuke (DBAN), using an algorithm which writes random patterns over the entire drive 3 times. If needed we can use a wipe which complies to the US Dept. of Defence standard for data destruction (DOD 5220.22-M with 7 passes). Where it is not possible to reuse the hard drive (such as being too small or faulty) we physically destroy the platters of the drive. SSD drives are wiped securely.

We are not able to accept donations of:-

  • Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors.
  • Inkjet printers. Ink cartridges which have been started commonly dry out and and cause printing problems, so recipients rarely receive good working printers.
  • Heavy Photocopier/MFC/Printers – if its heavier than 2 people can safely lift then we cannot accept it.

These can mostly be disposed of free at various locations

The age of a system is its next deciding factor. We refurbish systems with Intel Core i3 (equivalent) or greater processors, replacing any faulty or missing parts, and install an open source operating system on it. Currently we use Linux Mint ( a variant of Debian GNU/Linux ). We then extend the system with suitable packages for their target – such as young children, for uni students, for older people, etc. The systems are then tested and made available for purchase. If they are under Intel Core i3 specification they are usually disassembled and used for parts. Any materials that are not used in systems, are recycled through metal recycling networks.

What is good hardware to donate? For a desktop or laptop computer an Intel Core i3/i5 or i7, with 8GB of RAM is the minimum specification that is usable for our recipients. We can pick up some hardware (if the amount of good equipment makes the trip feasible), but would like older, non-working or small donations of equipment to be brought to us.

Most wanted hardware currently is:
– Core i5 or i7 laptops

We also accept iPads and Android tablets

Please note:- For any Apple device such as iMac or iPad we can only repurpose them if the Activation lock is removed before we receive it.

To do this firstly the device must be offline.

Then on another device:-

  1. Go to
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  3. At the top, click All Devices.
  4. Select the device that you want to remove from iCloud.
  5. Click Remove from Account.
Follow the prompts to remove device from your iCloud account. There are several steps for this.
The device will be removed after you logout from iCloud.