7 On Your Side
Options for destroying hard drives, other equipment
NEW YORK (WABC) -- There are prongs made of gold in a circuit board, power supplies the size of car batteries and a hard drive worth plenty to someone who knows just how to get to the information that many may think they have erased. A pile of what looks like useless old hardware can hide valuable information.
Seeing those secrets is easy for an expert; they can get their hands on anyone's hard drive.
If someone's hard drive doesn't look like ground up bits of reusable metal, then it is gold mine for thieves.
Melanie Haga's company, "Back Thru the Future," secures and destroys those electronic records before recycling.
The acid-laden battery in a backup power supply can be as big as one in a car. Too often, these end up in a garbage can and eventually, in a landfill. Old video monitors are just as harmful.
Best Buy also offers free recycling no matter where it's bought. Cameras, GPS units and old mobile phones can be traded in for new technology and may have value.
However, the best value is to comprehend that even a CD can be turned into reusable plastic. Recycling one hard drive saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 134 hours, or run a television for 102 hours.
What many thought was trash, could create the next new technology.
CONNECT WITH NINA PINEDA AND 7 ON YOUR SIDE
Get Eyewitness News Delivered
computer, 7 on your side, nina pineda
- AccuWeather: More snow Saturday
- Live: Eyewitness News on 7online streamed live!
- Get WATCH ABC for your mobile device
- iWitness Photos and Videos
- Charges coming in death of Baruch College student, prosecutor... 40 min ago
- Nassau County police commissioner ousted 19 min ago
- Barrios-Paoli tapped to head health and human services
- Woman twerking serves as lookout for alleged burglar
- Fire burns through house in New Brunswick
- Photos: New Brunswick, New Jersey house fire
- Some from Newtown join vigil at National Cathedral 48 min ago
- Mandela interpreter says he was hallucinating
- George Bush writes letter to Alabama kicker after big loss
- Golden Globes nominations announced
- Charges coming in death of Baruch College...
40 min ago