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.