Ten Top Tips on How to Donate Your Old PC

by Symantec Corp.

1. Determine if your old computer can be reused. Usually a 233 MHz Intel Pentium/Celeron family, or AMD K6/Athlon/Duron or up are good for donation.

2. Recycle old and broken PC equipment. Recyclers remove useful parts of a PC and then break down and safely remove any hazardous materials.

3. Contact charitable organizations before donating. Donation criteria varies among organizations. It will save you time if you contact them in advance.

4. Follow PC delivery instructions. Check with the charitable organization if they have specific locations or instructions on where or how a PC can be donated.

5. Remember the accessories. Don't forget the keyboard, mouse, printer, modem, packaged software, etc. Schools and charitable organizations can always put them to good use.

6. Keep the operating system intact. Since charitable organizations usually cannot afford to purchase and license new operating systems, it is best to leave your old one with the PC.

7. Provide original media and documentation. It is helpful to have the original disks, media and documentation that came with the PC when it was purchased.

8. Wipe personal information using value-added software. Information that should be wiped before donating includes cookies, e-mail, personal data, temporary Internet files, etc. You don't want private information in the hands of strangers.

9. Keep a list of what you donated for your records. A tax advisor can determine what donations are deductible. Most organizations can provide you with a tax receipt upon request.

10. Plan for future donations. Save all documents that came with your new PC. When the time comes around to donate your new PC, everything will be in one place.

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