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Scrapping Pushing Out Old Computers Faster And Easier

Whether you're building new additions for a new technical department or just upgrading a department of old computers, lugging those machines around is no small task. You'll need at least entry level information technology (IT) professionals to properly remove parts that need to be reused and connect the new machines. If you need to make your next upgrade smooth, consider a few ways to make scrapping and removal easier during new construction or basic upgrades.

Pulling Reusable Parts Internally And Externally

Many computer upgrades happen in a one-for-one process. Essential peripherals and accessories such as the mouse, keyboard and monitors need to stay in place while the computer tower moves. Technicians need to know how to properly remove the accessories without bending connectors and pins, and they need to know how to connect the new systems efficiently.

The hard part comes from removing parts inside the computer. Although your specific business may have different parts that need to be removed, there are three specific parts that can be useful in future computers:

  • Hard drive. Hard drives contain your operating system, which you use to point, click, type and generally interact with the computer. They also store all of your documents, which means a removed hard drive is essentially a large storage bank. You can remove these hard drives and label them for the general content, or format (erase) them for a fresh start on a new computer.
  • Memory. In order to read and process information quickly, commonly-used files are copied from the hard drive and stored on memory for faster access. Hard drives are large devices that can take a long time to retrieve information while already working on other tasks, so memory is used for a faster, unburdened way to "remember" files that are used sometimes thousands of times per second.
  • Power supply. The power supply doesn't change much unless you go from a standard personal or business computer to a graphic design or other specialized system with extra, power-hungry parts. Power supplies are heavier than other parts, but are sturdy and can be stored in bins without requiring precision care.

Memory modules and power supplies can be put into bins and stored easily, but be sure to place hard drives in temperature-controlled storage areas that won't be knocked over or jarred too often.

Getting Rid Of The Systems In An Organized Fashion

Once the old computer cases are stripped of their useful parts, it's time to remove them from the building. Far too often, businesses will attempt to simply move the computers by hand. This is bad for the backs of the workers can can be dangerous, as there are sharp objects that can cause severe damage in the event of a fall.

Always work with a loading cart while moving computers. Use the elevator if possible, or fasten the computers together for a controlled move down the stairs. If your technicians absolutely must take the computers down flights of stairs, consider large sacks that can be held on the back and loaded in order to keep the technician's hands free for safety.

At the bottom, make sure to get a dumpster rental that has a low loading area. Having to reach overhead or even at shoulder height can lead to unnecessary injury when dumpsters are available with openings at average waist height.

Contact a dumpster rental professional to plan your removal, dumpster type and recycling destination.