Pinpointing Reusable And Recyclable Computer Parts

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For some business, there's a "better safe than sorry" approach that upgrades to the newest systems after proper testing, even if the new machines aren't exceptionally more powerful in terms of raw computing potential. In many cases, the old parts can be reused in the new systems as replacements or combined for even more power. If you're in charge of a business computer inventory, a few recycling and reuse practices can help you pinpoint the best ways to keep an old investment relevant.

Reusable Computer Parts

When it comes to reusing computer parts, be aware that each computer component is its own industry with changing standards and timelines. The memory industry, for example, has its own advances and changes in compatibility that may evolve at a different speed from the video card.

Video cards may introduce entirely different ways of doing things while leaping to massively higher speeds, but may not change physical shape. Processors, on the other hand, change shape through the socket (the place where to processor is installed) pin placement with almost every generation.

Consider a few commonly replaced parts to get a better look into what can change.

  • Hard drive. The hard drive is the main storage area for all of your files, such as your text documents, programs, pictures, videos and music. The operating system is a large program suite that creates an environment for you to click and type with, which makes the hard drive more important than just bulk storage. The speeds change often, but two main standards--L-shaped SATA and bar-shaped PATA--are still used as connectors, and can be added to any computer with a relatively cheap adapter.
  • Processor. The processor is the "brain" of the computer, as it performs all of the calculations used to do anything on the computer. Everything from moving your mouse to running a program--and thousands of unseen actions behind the scenes--are calculated and executed by pulling information from the hard drive and memory to the processor. Processor compatibility depends on the socket type. If your processor is of a different socket than the new computer, it isn't reusable and should be recycled or sold.
  • Memory. Random Access Memory or RAM. Memory acts as a fast, temporary storage between the hard drive and the processor. Memory can deliver information faster than the hard drive, so the most commonly-used files are stored from the hard drive and delivered to the processor at a much faster rate. Memory differences are physical and programmed, but the physical notch prevents accidental mixing of generations.

Moving To The Recycling System

If the parts are physically damaged or won't fit with the new computer, recycling is your next option. Many of the parts contain gold, platinum and other recyclable materials. The hard drive stands out with a lot of materials that are valuable to some niche recycling programs.

Aluminum is found in the hard drive's case, as well as the computer case and frame in general. Upon opening the hard drive, there are platters that are coated with a thin painting of platinum or a similar material. There is also either a copper or steel spindle holding the hard drive platters together, depending on when the drive was made.

The niche recycling potential comes from the rare earth magnets, which are used instead of screws to hold certain parts together. If you have a lot of hard drives to dispose of and want to take advantage of the other recyclable materials in the computer, contact a recycling systems professional to plan parts removal and pickup.


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