Computer prices have dropped significantly. This might put you in a quandary when you have computer issues. Should you repair, reuse or recycle old or damaged computer equipment? The answer depends on the age of the equipment and the extent of the damage.

For example, I have several computers that are five to 10 years old. Obviously, they can’t handle many of the new operating systems. Being the packrat that I am, I hate to throw anything out. I have disassembled a few for parts; however, I installed Ubuntu on a few and they still run well.

On the other hand, hard drives are a different story. If the drive controller goes out, the drive might possibly be repaired. If the drive is suffering from physical failure, making grinding or clicking noises, the best option would be to shut it down, have a data recovery services laboratory retrieve your files and get a new drive. Here at The Data Rescue Center, we have hard drive data recovery services for standard platter drives and can perform SSD recovery as well.

While we’re on the subject of SSDs, solid state drives are still rather expensive. Recoveries on SSD drives can often times be more expensive than a traditional hard drive recovery due to the amount of time and extra work involved in an SSD recovery.

Finally, it may be better to scrap old equipment. However, don’t just throw it in the trash. Many parts can be recycled locally. The Data Rescue Center offers free hard drive wiping for any hard drive donated for eWaste.