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How do you "Retire" a computer?

FooArk

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Mar 16, 2011
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I have a 2009 MBP now, but will eventually buy a Retina MBP.

So do you just stop using the MBP? Put it away and enjoy the moments you had? If you just completely stop using the computer, is that bad?
 

BenTrovato

macrumors 68030
Jun 29, 2012
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2,030
Canada
If it still has value I'll sell it or give it to someone. It's a tough world out there, someone less fortunate can make use of what would be a dust collector for you.
 
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Jessica Lares

macrumors G3
Oct 31, 2009
9,337
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Near Dallas, Texas, USA
I usually don't upgrade until my stuff breaks, but when I do upgrade, I just leave it in the closet. Having it handy if your new computer breaks is more valuable than the money you get selling it.
 
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talmy

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Oct 26, 2009
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Oregon
One I sold on EBAY. Most have I've either "handed down" to family members or have given to charity for reuse (FreeGeek here in Portland, OR.)
 
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yjchua95

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Apr 23, 2011
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I have a 2009 MBP now, but will eventually buy a Retina MBP.

So do you just stop using the MBP? Put it away and enjoy the moments you had? If you just completely stop using the computer, is that bad?

Keep it as a backup computer.

I still have a 2009 17" MBP for this reason, and have also performed some upgrades to it (8GB RAM and an old Samsung 830 SSD taken out from an old Mac Pro).

It still has quite some useful life left in it.
 
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KUguardgrl13

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May 16, 2013
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Kansas, USA
Keep it as a backup computer.

I still have a 2009 17" MBP for this reason, and have also performed some upgrades to it (8GB RAM and an old Samsung 830 SSD taken out from an old Mac Pro).

It still has quite some useful life left in it.

Ditto this. I've left my 13" 2009 at my boyfriend' as an extra laptop and to use with remote disk. It still has an HDD, but a new battery and a Mavericks upgrade have given it some new life.
 
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TahoeDust

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Jul 2, 2010
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Ebay.

I just replaced my mid-2009 MBP last week withe a Haswell MBP Retina. People pay very good money for well taken care of MBPs on there.
 
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ecschwarz

macrumors 65816
Jun 28, 2010
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If it still works, it's a very worthwhile machine - sell it, or keep it as a backup. I've breathed new life into a few of these particular ones with SSDs...should be a great machine for all but the most demanding user.

To answer your question - if I do decide to sell a computer, I usually restore the software to the original factory versions (although now that OS X Mavericks is free, I guess you could leave it on there), and do a secure disk erase just for a bit of peace of mind (I think it's the 8-times option in Disk Utility).
 
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talmy

macrumors 601
Oct 26, 2009
4,715
276
Oregon
I'd just like to say for those who are keeping their old computer as a spare in the closet, you are most likely wasting a valuable commodity. Either make use of it or give/sell it to someone who will. Don't be adding to electronic waste crisis.
 
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heisenberg123

macrumors 603
Oct 31, 2010
6,496
9
Hamilton, Ontario
I have handed them down to family/friends that do not have a laptop

I have never replaced a laptop untill I feel its not longer working to my desirees so to come up with a value its hard

this 2011 is my first MAC so I am not familiar with replacing a computer that still has a value of $600-800, and by reading these forums some users replace their machines when they are still worth over 1K, so I guess handing it down is not an option for them
 
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alphaod

Contributor
Feb 9, 2008
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NYC
Buy new one. Migrate data. Secure erase old drive and reinstall OS X.

Sell the old one or give it to someone in need (could be family, friend, or stranger).
 
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rex450se

macrumors 6502
Apr 9, 2011
258
70
Independence, MO
Mine get passed down to the kids. Mom and Dad get the new tech, kids get the year or two old stuff. Between the kids, they'll hold on to it for another few years. I generally will put them on Craigslist when I'm ready to pass down another one and need to move one out.

Victor
 
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panzer06

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Sep 23, 2006
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Macs get passed down, donated or sold.

Windows gaming systems get kept for when friends with integrated GPUs visit. :eek:

Cheers,
 
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eneisch

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Jul 11, 2008
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I gave my late 2008 unibody MacBook to my friend for his kids to use. They are still young enough they they don't care that it is not the latest tech. They are just excited to have their own Mac!;)
 
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maflynn

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Staff member
May 3, 2009
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Boston
I sell it, either eBay or Craiglist. My last MBP was handed down to my wife and I suspect when the time comes to do the same for my rMBP I'll give it to one of my kids.
 
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Marty62

macrumors 6502
Mar 11, 2010
394
0
Berlin formerly London
A few years ago, I gave my "Mint & Boxed" Titanium powerbook to a friend
who I thought deserved it and would get good use from it.
( it did not have a single scratch and looked brand new )

After one week he knocked it off the table and bend the screen hinges
and dented the side of the case :-(

I won't be giving any more away after that - I was heart broken.

.... I'm a bit obsessive about looking after my gadgets !!

My last Macbook Pro from 2008 was sold in 2012 and went towards this one
I am writing on now.

M.
 
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