We're talking about what you can do with the older CAD hardware systems after an upgrade in this two-part series. The first section reviewed possible internal needs. Now we'll look at what to do with hardware systems that are surplus or simply too outdated to be reused.
Note: before donating or recycling old computer equipment, consider your data security needs. If your CAD data is proprietary or classified, take steps to make sure you don't inadvertently transfer information along with the hardware system.
3. Donate It
If you really have no use for an old machine or two around the office, call your local nonprofit organization or school district. Sometimes tech schools also accept old computers to use in labs or as training tools. Many organizations have minimum donation standards, so be sure to ask to make sure your potential donation truly meet their needs. There's no point donating a machine that will only be a burden, not an asset.
Many charitable organizations, like Goodwill, take your old computer parts and sell them to raise money. Look for a company in your area.
4. Recycle It
It's important that you do not throw your old computer parts into the trash. Computers include many hazardous chemicals that should not end up in landfills. Many states have a law about the disposal and recycling of electronics.
Find a reputable recycler in your area that will dispose of the electronics properly. The Environmental Protection Agency has a list of organizations that accept computers as donations or for recycling on their website. If you don't know of any local organizations that accept computer systems, start here.
Make a Plan for Your Old CAD Systems Too
Some PC manufacturers have their own donation programs. Dell, for example, works with a foundation that provides computers to disabled children (www.dell.com/recycling). We recommend asking manufacturers or retailers if they have an in-house donation or recycling program when you are planning your software and hardware upgrade, which can simplify the logistics for your IT team.
What do you do with your old CAD systems after a hardware upgrade? Let us know in the comments below.
Author: Cadalyst Staff