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    Charity for old hardware?

    Is there a charity that can use old computer hardware? I have boxes and boxes of old (but still working, probably) stuff going back 10 or more years - memory modules, cpu's (going back to slot 1), graphics cards, motherboards, floppy drives, zip drives, optical drives, PCI cards, cases, power supplies, etc etc. I can't be bothered to try to sell them on Ebay and from what I've seen they would make next to nothing anyway. If I could just send it all to a charity it would make me feel better than taking it down to the local recycling centre.
    My old HDD's I'll probably destroy because I'm not certain about wiping them totally clean.
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    Re: Charity for old hardware?

    http://www.itforcharities.co.uk/pcs.htm

    I've not checked them all, just got to that page via searching.

    http://www.donateapc.org.uk/

    is another good resource.

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    Re: Charity for old hardware?

    Before I posted here I did look through a few websites that popped up when I googled 'charities for computer hardware', but none looked very promising. I was hoping for a recommendation.

    I think I might just make the best computer I can out of all the bits, install an old copy of XP and give it to some local charity. Then bin the rest.
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    Re: Charity for old hardware?

    Very few local charities will take electronic goods, my mother works for red cross and they have to destroy any electrical goods they get as they can't afford a tech guy to check them all. Maybe post it all in the classified on here as free and just ask for postage costs, it will soon go lol.
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    Re: Charity for old hardware?

    Freegle would be worth a shot. As above, a lot of charities/charity shops won't touch anything electrical due to health and safety. Maybe components if they're retail boxed (otherwise they probably won't know what to do with them!).

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    Re: Charity for old hardware?

    As above. I tried donating some stuff to a local charity shop, they said they would take it, but I would have to pay for someone to check it out so they would not be liable.

    I'm afraid my charitable sense doesn't stretch that far, I took it to my local recycling centre in the end.

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