Computers frequently contain important personal data such as banking or tax information. Before donating your computer or dropping it off for recycling, it is important to remove sensitive data from the system's hard drive. this usually can be done by "Reformatting the hard drive" or use of a purchased program which "writes over" the data on the hard drive. This process can be slow and it is best to run it overnight. Specific instructions on this procedure should be obtained from the equipment manufacturer or an appropriate technical service provider.
It is the responsibility of the recycling program user to erase any sensitive data before dropping off electronics. The program operators assume no liability or responsibility regarding data remaining on materials recycled.
Be advised however, that the recycling contractor employs rigorous, state of the art procedures for cleaning the hard drives on all computers it receives after they are transported to its processing center.