Laptops are teeming with parts that can live more than one life. Whether they continue a life with the purpose of being a spare part, or maybe become a subject of a DIY project. Whatever it may be, you can get a lot of extra value or even a few extra bucks — so don’t trash it. Well at the very least, it should be recycled in a proper way. And even if you’re planning of recycling your old lappy, never forget to wipe all of your data clean.

So here are some easy yet helpful ways on how you can still make use of your old laptop.

Back Up Your Files

Cloud services are so common nowadays that the process of backing up files onto a physical hard drive is no longer needed — that is a lie. Always remember that it’s still recommended to have a physical backup. Backup drives are now incredibly affordable and most are already plug-and-play. Simply plug them into your laptop’s USB port and start transferring all your files onto it.

This is probably the very first thing you should do when getting rid of your old laptop.

Clean and Restore

Since you’ll no longer be using this laptop, you may have the urge to just dump everything into the trash. Resist the temptation and make sure to wipe that disk clean. Both Windows 8.1 and Mac OS X have built-in utilities that let you delete your files and restore the computer to its original state.

Battery Pack

Most laptop batteries are unique to one model and can be expensive to replace. So if your old battery pack still has some battery life left, even if it’s just an hour, someone else with the same model might actually spend a few bucks on it. You may want to give it a try, although it’s probably best to recycle it.

If you cannot sell your old laptop battery or if it’s already broken, please dispose of it properly. Keep in mind that batteries don’t belong to the general trash.

Power Supply

What’s true about batteries also applies to the power supply. Since the connector changes with almost every laptop model, you won’t likely need an old power supply again once that laptop is broken. Also, replacing a power supply is expensive. Those are ideal conditions for the second hand market, so you can also try giving your old power supply a shot for a prospective buyer.

If the power supply is broken or doesn’t sell, just keep the cable with you because it might fit into another power supply or device of yours.


Don’t trash your laptop as much as possible — recycle it. According to EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency), recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 US homes in a year. In addition, discarded electronics harm the land, water, and air. Microsoft maintains a list of local recycling facilities for drop-off. Other stores like Best Buy accept laptops for recycling.

A final thought: Make sure to clean your hard drive even if you recycle your laptop.

This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 6:39:10 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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