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Find a big magnet and run it over the drives several times. That's what the
IT guys do at work.

On Dec 23, 2016 9:37 AM, "Linda Feltner" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Thanks, Lynette! I am getting things sorted.
> I did laugh at your 9600. I have a "blueberry" in a closet, and still have
> a Titanium laptop, and an early small imac. I think when this new one
> comes I will ship everything to recycle. Actually there is a small, local
> computer repair shop in this tiny town that will recycle the bits of old
> computers, I may just back the truck up and unload all old computers, dead
> printers... ha. The schools around here don't want 'em. They have grants
> for tablets and new technology.
>
> Loads of people say they take a hammer to the hard drive when they remove
> it prior to recycle. I don't know what kind of hammer they use, but mine
> did not dent the outside cover!!! I still have several hard drives that I
> cannot destroy. (Paper weights, door stops???) Maybe ACE hardware will
> rent me a sledgehammer. ha. Next is online search for figuring out how to
> open the thing, I can't see how it opens to get to the innards. Ah well,
> onward!
>
> Much cheer and joy, Happy Solstice the day after, the days getting longer,
> eh?
>
> Linda
>
>
>
> > Linda, I'm so sorry to hear the outcome! I'm now in the midst of dealing
> > with my computer issues. I was running 10.4.something on an old G4.
> Thanks
> > to your comments and input from others on the list, I was able to make
> > folders in that version's equivalent of "On My Mac": "Sent" and "Inbox"
> > folders for each e-mail address. I selected all messages in Mail, then
> use
> > the "Message" and "Move To" commands to get them into the correct place.
> I
> > discovered the folders I had made on the hard drive were located in the
> > Library folder which, in turn, was located in the little house icon under
> > "Places" when I open up my hard drive and look at that. I copied those
> > folders onto an external hard drive. So I should be able to pull those up
> > again, if necessary. What a process!
> >
> > At any rate, all files on that G4 are now on the external/extra hard
> > drive, the G4 has been wiped, and it can go to e-cycling. Whew!
> >
> > That's just the start, though. I'm keeping my Pro, which is running
> 10.6.8
> > (still haven't backed up THOSE e-mails), and I just bought a 27" iMac as
> > my new machine.
> >
> > And (okay, everyone, laugh at me) I STILL have my 9600 sitting behind me
> > collecting dust. I've meant to wipe that drive and get it out of here for
> > what, a dozen years?!!! Don't know if it will even boot up at this point.
> > . .
> >
> > Lynette
> >
> > On Dec 19, 2016, at 1:27 PM, Linda Feltner wrote:
> >
>
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