We’ve tried to make donating to Tech Angels as easy as possible, with donation points across the city. All donation points provide secure, Covid-aware, storage for your donations, and from there they will be collected for wiping and install. But to help us we do need you to do a few things.
- Firstly, factory reset or data wipe your machines, this will help keep you safe. We will also wipe the data at our end, using the US DoD method.
- Secondly, please wipe down the donated machines with antiseptic wipes to ensure the safety of Tech Angels staff and volunteers.
- Lastly, seal your donations up in a bag and clearly mark it with your donation reference number. This will allow us to link it up with the information you have sent us, and at the same time not allow anyone to identify your machine any other way. Be sure to include any chargers, webcams or other peripherals in with the machine, as these are incredibly useful.
Remember, we wipe your machines as a matter of course, but for more information on how you can wipe your machines, click here.
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How to donate your machine to Tech Angels
When you donate your machine to Tech Angels we wipe the machine’s data at the earliest possible point. We do this by using a variety of methods, depending on the machine’s operating system and its age. If the machine isn’t working, then it may take longer to get to, but we’ll usually wipe a machine within a week of its receipt.If you want some extra peace of mind, then you can also wipe your machine before donating it to Tech Angels. Wiping your machine helps Tech Angels because it means we can get it out to one of our beneficiaries even faster. To help you pre-wipe your Tech Angels donation we’ve laid out a few of the methods we use.
Wiping a machine means writing random data over your existing data. It works a bit like scribbling over a spelling mistake: the more you scribble over the top, the less you can see the mistake underneath.
Remember, you should back up any data on the machine that you want to keep before going ahead.