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What to do with an old PC | Forum

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Sumantha Black

At some point in your computing life, you'll end up replacing an old machine in favour of a shiny new computer. But what should you do with your old PC?

You'll probably feel guilty about throwing it out. After all, it's perfectly functional. When you first bought it, it was near state-of-the-art. If your new PC replaces one that's really on its last legs, by all means, take it to a reputable electronics recycler. But it's amazing how many users ditch perfectly good machines when they pick up a shiny new system.You can do plenty of things with an old PC besides sending it to the recycling heap. Let's take a look at a few ways you might put that old system to work.

If you're running a home network and have multiple users - you, your spouse, your kids - reuse as network-attached storage or even as an actual server may be just the ticket for an old system.If your PC isn't too archaic, consider donating it to a local school or hospital. Even if it is way beyond its sell-by date it could go to a local school's computer lab (most schools have one) and be used as a test bed, to take apart and reassemble. Alternatively, local schools might use it for parts, although they may shy away from used gear, given the unknown pedigree or wear of older hardware. You've heard about this Linux thing, and maybe you'd like to give it a whirl. But the thought of trying to create a dual-boot system on your primary PC leaves you a little green around the gills. Now you can experiment to your heart's content on your old box.

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