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# 242167 14-Oct-2018 17:27
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Where can I take a couple of old laptops for safe disposal please?


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  # 2107699 14-Oct-2018 17:31
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E-Waste station at your local Council's land fill/recycle shop m.... usually free.


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  # 2107700 14-Oct-2018 17:38
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I always wait for the local e-waste collection. It's held in a local Presbyterian Church carpark once or twice a year. http://www.ewaste.org.nz/




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  # 2107706 14-Oct-2018 18:12
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Thank you.

 

Is this a secure way to dispose of my laptop? Not tech enough to properly delete stuff.


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  # 2107707 14-Oct-2018 18:15
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I remove the hard drive (couple of screws) and destroy it. Then it all goes to e-waste.




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  # 2107708 14-Oct-2018 18:15
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Google how to create a bootable linux USB, and then use dd to wipe the drive.

 

Otherwise, just take the HDD out and send the rest to landfill.


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  # 2107709 14-Oct-2018 18:15
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Take the hard disk drives out and drill holes in them should do the trick.


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  # 2107736 14-Oct-2018 19:34
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Depending on where you are, someone from GZ might be able to help you wipe them, and depending on how old they are, they might be of use to a charity, or a recycler that contributes to charity.

 

I'm in Kapiti/Wellington and if you are anywhere near I'm happy to help you wipe and dispose of them.

 

 

 

 





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  # 2107737 14-Oct-2018 19:40
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@YvonneW … I too am in Wellington city so if you are located nearby I'd be happy to "clean" the drives of any personal data.

 

 




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  # 2107770 14-Oct-2018 20:43
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Thank you for the offers. I am in South Auckland.

 

I like the idea of helping out a charity if I could.


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  # 2107774 14-Oct-2018 20:48
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There are two places in Wellington with "disk shredders" that will, in exchange for some cash, convert your hard drive or SSD into tiny pieces of metallic confetti.

 

These are ITRecycla in Lower Hutt and RemarkIT in Grenada North.

 

  • ITRecycla is an "Approved Secure Destruction" facility, with GCSB endorsement for destroying government equipment up to at least SECRET classification. So they absolutely, positively destroy it!
  • RemarkIT may well be just as good, but the GCSB have not (yet?) endorsed them

There are no other GCSB-endorsed facilities in NZ, unless they've endorsed one in the last two weeks


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  # 2107786 14-Oct-2018 21:15
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Got any friends with firearms? Good luck getting any data off once you've all had a turn with the shotgun ;)

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  # 2107830 14-Oct-2018 23:08
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Assuming the OP doesn't possess anything rated Secret or higher, physical destruction is pretty overkill. NZISM allows for drives containing anything less than Secret material to be sanitised by overwriting. Sanitisation allows allows for reuse, be it for profit or charity, and I'd think is always preferable to physical destruction.





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  # 2107835 14-Oct-2018 23:11
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YvonneW:

 

Thank you for the offers. I am in South Auckland.

 

I like the idea of helping out a charity if I could.

 

 

Hi YvonneW

 

Like Lias & Rickles, I am happy to help wipe the drive. Plus I live in Auckland East.

 

  • DIY

     

    • You generally need a USB drive with enough disk space to hold the ISO file(s) of the OS that you want to run. For utility ISO's, these are generally <1GB, for newer Linux OS and Windows ISO's, this would be 3-8GB.
    • You'll need a tool to make the USB drive bootable. I generally use YUMI from pendrivelinux.com
    • You'll need the ISO of your selected OSDarik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) is generally a good choice. 1GB flash drive is enough
    • You'll need time. Lots of it. Actually, the computer will. Every bit on the HDD will have to be written to, multiple times, generally 3-7. The larger the HDD, the more bits to write. So make sure it can operate out of your way.
    • Take PC to recycling shop

       

  • Pay somebody else

     

If your PC is 5-10yrs old, then you could consider a charity. I don't know of any without some on-line search. IMO, if the PC is older than 10yrs, I think you are inflicting more pain on the charity than they need.

 

Send me a DM if you would like some more help.

 

Disclaimer: I think I once volunteered for Ewaste and I did drop off old equipment at Computer Recycling, even though I did not interact with anybody.

 

Edit: Added IT Recycla & disclaimer.





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  # 2107852 14-Oct-2018 23:26
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Lias:

 

Assuming the OP doesn't possess anything rated Secret or higher, physical destruction is pretty overkill. NZISM allows for drives containing anything less than Secret material to be sanitised by overwriting. Sanitisation allows allows for reuse, be it for profit or charity, and I'd think is always preferable to physical destruction.

 

 

I believe Lias is referring to section 13.4.12.C.01, although you might want to start reading from 13.4 of the NZ Information Security Manual.





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IcI:
I believe Lias is referring to section 13.4.12.C.01, although you might want to start reading from 13.4 of the NZ Information Security Manual.

 

Sadist! wink

 

I guess at least you're not recommending reading the Protective Security Requirements  cry
At least the NZISM is printable and versioned

 

One of the real delights of being retired is that I don't have to deal with either anymore laughing


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