Protecting your personal information before recycling computers

HOUSTON

We are talking about taking out the hard drive. On a CPU, you will have to take about a few screws to remove the outer metal shell and then find the hard drive. The hard drive pulls right out and now the machine is ready to recycle.

If it's a laptop, same idea. Remove a couple of screws to take the outer case off and then grab the hard drive and pull it out. It's not a difficult process.

Alex Diaz with Top Tech Experts explained, "On most computers it is fairly easy. It is one of the parts that commonly fails on computers, so manufacturers make it easy to remove it."

The abc13 e-cycle drive is Friday at our studios at 3310 Bissonnet. We will be accepting TVs, computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, routers, laptops, netbooks, fax machines, cell phones and even things like microwaves and vacuum cleaners. Check the official page for complete details.

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