You should take care to delete all data on your machine or device before you donate it to Solidaritech. We have set out instructions and videos below that show you how to delete data and wipe your machine that we ask that you try to follow before you donate. To be on the safe side, we will typically seek to wipe any residual data on a machine 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.
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.