I was on a computer repair call this Fall where a business client had me work on their five computers. One of them was being retired from service and they didn’t want it any longer. They were concerned about the computer data still on it, but didn’t know how to remove it. Computer data is located on a hard drive which is a electrical-mechanical enclosure. Hard Drives can usually be removed from computers¬† so the files on them can stay behind while the computer is recycled. To do this and give them control of their data, I opened the case of the desktop computer. Then I searched for the hard drive and it was found mounted under the power supply.¬† The computer was a small form-factor model and components were crammed together which made it difficult to remove them. I unscrewed the hard drive from its mounting rails and took it out of the computer’s case. My client took the hard drive and was instructed to lock it away so it doesn’t fall in the wrong hands. They now have full control of the files and they won’t worry about the computer falling in the wrong hands.

Inside a computer case

Inside a computer case

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