How to securely scrap my old laptop?

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  1. crazypeter, Dec 15, 2014
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    crazypeter macrumors member

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    I have dismantled my old MacBook Pro, pulverised the memory disk and hammered the associated chip. Do I need to do anything else to destroy my personal info on the laptop, before I take to the recycle centre to scrap it.

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    It was OSX 10.4.8, was 10 years old, was completely inoperable and had numerous faults.
     
  2. rigormortis, Dec 16, 2014
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    all you have to do is remove the ssd module, and maybe cut it up or something
    if it was not a ssd module but a mechanical hard drive all you have to do is a 7 pass erase.
    you can do 3 passes and call it good enough



    once you either remove the SSD module or securely erase the mechanical hard drive you can have the macbook sent off. there is nothing more to do there is no other personal information on it


    what actually happened to the mac book pro ?? i would of never had it dismantled at a recycling center unless it was something bad, like it needing a new logic board. i would of rather donated it. so someone can get some use out of it

    or at least sold it on eBay

    i securely erased my mac mini 2006, it had a dodgy optical drive , meaning i replaced the optical drive from some optical drive that came out of a macbook pro, and it had like 6 or 7 broken tabs on the bottom plate.
    and it was not compatible with 10.7 , because of the older cpu

    i couldnt believe it
    i actually got $58 bucks for it plus shipping
    i thought it was worthless

    one thing you can do is go to supportprofile.com and log on with your apple id or iCloud id and delete the serial # from your account. maybe there is some situation where someone calls apple support with your serial # and they look up the computer and think its you they are talking to
     
  3. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    recently i came across a hp c2d laptop. i think it was stolen. it had a bad logic board or gpu and it was worthless. i removed the hard disk and sent the computer back to hp to be dismantled.

    i looked at the hard drive, and this guy was a IT specialist, his income was 7000 a month, and it had his social security number, date of birth, address, divorce paperwork, prenup agreement and detailed pictures of his genitals.

    i was like man, if that was me i would want my hard drive back

    so i went to the managers office at the last place he listed where he lived and dropped it off in their secure mailbox with a note with his name and address and his parents names, hahah

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    if you do have a SSD all you have to turn on filevault and encrypt the entire disk. and do a 1 pass erase. you did not have to be mean to it and destroy it, it did not deserve the fate you gave it

    file vault is 128 bit encryption. and that encryption would of protected your sensitive data if someone tried to recover your data
     
  4. crazypeter, Dec 16, 2014
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    crazypeter thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks but it was OSX 10.4.8, was 10 years old, was completely inoperable and had numerous faults. I assume that it did not have a SSD module, if it did then, what would it look like and how do I differentiate it from the chips?
     
  5. Julien macrumors G3

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    You Laptop doesn't have a SSD. It just has a conventional 2.5 inch HD. 100% of all your personal information (files) is contained on the HD. Simply remove the HD and securely wipe it or you can just hit it a couple of times with a hammer. No need to do anything else.
     
  6. dan1eln1el5en macrumors 6502

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    You do live up to your username...
    HDD is the only place anything personal was stored and you could've sold the rest for a descent amount.
    but by breaking chips, then that option is out and you can just throw it all in the bin.
     
  7. crazypeter, Dec 18, 2014
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    crazypeter thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks guys.

    dan1eln1el5en as I indicated in my first post, I only destroyed the one chip in the memory disk unit, and hence I can hopefully sell the remainder of the laptop.

    Thanks rigormortis for the supportprofile.com link, although it only has my current laptop in my profile. Maybe that is because I bought the old laptop from an authorised Apple dealer 10 years ago, before we had many Apple shops in the UK, and I did not have a user ID then.
     
  8. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Memory disk unit? :confused: :confused:

    Am I understanding this right -- that you smashed up the hard-drive and the RAM?
     
  9. crazypeter, Dec 18, 2014
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    The hard drive, had a disc inside similar to a floppy disc but smaller, was contained in a metal housing, which I referred to as the "memory disk unit". Within that metal housing was a chip about 25 mm x 12 mm which I hammered, is that the RAM?
     

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