When you get rid of your computer, no matter which disposal method you choose, you need to ensure you have removed all personal details from the hard drive. In the past, many people chose to remove the hard drive completely and destroy it, but that means the computer is unusable and therefore not suitable for donation or reselling.
Instead, you should start by backing all of your data onto an external device. This includes logins for important websites, emails you want to keep, songs or films you’ve downloaded, and messages you want to keep.
You can then uninstall and delete any programmes you put on your computer, taking care to remove your account from Microsoft products such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, as well as Apple iTunes.