What Happens To Hardware

Computers are dropped off to one of our projects, or we arrange a pick-up with you. After we have them, the hard drives are wiped using Darik’s Boot and Nuke (DBAN), using an algorithm which writes random patterns over the entire drive 3 times. If needed we can use a wipe which complies to the US Dept. of Defense standard for data destruction (DOD 5220.22-M with 7 passes).

We are not able to accept donations of:-

  • Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors.
  • Inkjet printers. Ink cartridges which have been started commonly dry out and and cause printing problems, so recipients rarely receive good working printers.

These may be disposed of free at various locations

The age of a system is its next deciding factor. We refurbish systems with Intel dual core/core2duo (equivalent) or greater processors, replacing any faulty or missing parts, and install an open source operating system on it. Currently we use Linux Mint ( a variant of Debian GNU/Linux ). We then extend the system with suitable packages for their target – such as young children, for uni students, for older people, etc. The systems are then tested and made available for purchase. If they are under Intel dual core/core2duo they are usually disassembled and used for parts. Any materials that are not used in systems, are recycled through metal recycling networks.

What is good hardware to donate? For a desktop computer an Intel Core i3/i5 or i7, or at minimum a dual-core/core2duo, with 4GB of RAM is the minimum specification that is usable for our recipients. For a laptop a dual-core/core2duo, with 4GB of RAM is the minimum specification that is usable for our recipients. We can pick up some hardware (if the amount of good equipment makes the trip feasible), but would like older, non-working or small donations of equipment to be brought to us.

Most wanted hardware currently is:
– Core i3 or i5 laptops with DVD drive

At ITShare we do a variety of things. However if anyone has spare time and has expertise in Linux, particularly Linux Mint, we would be happy to hear from you. Tasks may include use of Terminal to update drivers or to fix other issues.