Frequently Asked Questions
Why Sell Your Used Computer Equipment?
When you have unused, idle old computer equipment lying around, a viable option to maximize the value of the drive is to sell them for extra cash.
If computer equipment is still in a relatively good condition and not too old with a decent resale value, and yet you don’t want to reutilize it for one reason or another, then it’s better to sell it rather than physically destroying/recycling computer equipment.
While there’s always the concern of data security when selling old computer equipment, it’s possible to securely delete residual data from computer equipment and ensure the data cannot be recovered by anyone with our data destruction solution.
Is It Safe To Sell Used Computer Equipment?
The main concern of many people when selling their old computer equipment is whether the data stored within the sold computer equipment can be accessed by the buyer (or other parties after the computer equipment was sold). This has caused many people to feel reluctant in selling their used computer equipment.
While it’s true that it’s possible for people with adequate know-how (including hackers and cybercriminals) to recover residual data already erased from computer equipment, there are methods and tools you can use to securely eradicate the data stored within computer equipment and prevent recovery of residual data.
A viable option to ensure the security of your data (which may be legally required by local legislation) and your privacy is to sell your used computer equipment to credible IT asset disposition services like Big Data Supply Inc. that will handle all the needs of securely eradicating the data stored within computer equipment. Big Data Supply Inc. will also provide a certificate of data destruction for each piece of computer equipment you sell to us, a formal audit document that can help ensure your organization’s compliance with relevant data security and risk management regulations.
What Is The Value of Used Computer Equipment?
How much are your old computer equipment worth? The answer would vary depending on various different factors including but not limited to:
Condition: whether there’s any defect (functional or cosmetics), how old the computer equipment is, whether it has since been replaced with a faster/better model
Storage size: computer equipment sizes can vary from as small as below 100 GB to more than 16 TB
Type: traditional HDD (with motorized disk) or SSD (Solid State Drive)
Brand: Toshiba, Seagate, etc.
Model: check the manufacturer’s part number
RPM: (for standard HDD), 5400, 7200, 10k, 15k
Transfer rate speed: 190 MB/S
Physical size: 2.5” or 3.5”
What Should I Do With My Old Computer Equipment?
There are basically three main options you can do with your old computer equipment, depending on computer equipment’s reusability and resale value:
If old computer equipment is still working well, then it’s a viable option to reutilize these old pieces of computer equipment, for example by using computer equipment in another device, or by converting it into an external drive.
Before you can reutilize computer equipment, you have to first determine whether old computer equipment is in a good condition. As a general rule of thumb, the drive should not be older than five years and you should also check the drive’s health to ensure it’s still in a good state.
If computer equipment is still relatively new and is still in a good condition, it might have a relatively high resale value, so selling old computer equipment for extra cash can be an ideal option.
The main concern when choosing to sell your used computer equipment for extra cash is secure data eradication, but partnering with reliable ITAD vendors like Big Data Supply Inc. can ensure secure data erasure in compliance with ISO standards.
If old computer equipment is both unusable and with a low resale value, then the only viable and secure option is to dispose of or recycle old computer equipment. Physical destruction will 100% ensure that the data on your computer equipment won’t be recovered by others.
A common way to “destroy” your old computer equipment is by shredding computer equipment or running the drive through a degausser.
How Do You Prepare Computer Equipment for Recycling or Selling?
The answer would depend on many different factors from the type/model of computer equipment and others. However, basically you’ll need to securely wipe the data stored within the drive and make sure the data is unrecoverable. Physical destruction is the safest bet, and you could try many ways to destroy your computer equipment before selling it: degaussing/magnets, running over it with your vehicle, etc.
However, you’ll also need to be able to verify whether the data is indeed unrecoverable, and this is why it’s best to recycle or sell your old computer equipment to a certified recycler like Big Data Supply Inc. unless you have state-of-the-art equipment to securely wipe computer equipment and verify that the data is unrecoverable.