How to Donate a Used Laptop

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How to Donate a Used Laptop
Many charities gladly accept used laptops. (laptop image by Jorge Figueiredo from

When you have an old laptop around that you don't need anymore, consider giving it away. Many charitable organisations gladly accept used laptops. Make sure there is nothing left on the hard drive that you wouldn't want someone else looking at before donating. Also, determine the value of the laptop, so that you can write the amount off on your taxes if you donate it to a charitable or non-profit organisation.

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    Donating a Used Laptop

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    Delete the data on hard drive of your used laptop if you do not want information you've stored on it to be seen by others. This can be done by inserting the installation CD that came with the laptop into the CD drive and restarting the computer. As the computer is restarting, boot from the CD by pressing "f12."

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    Select the option to delete the current partition Windows is on with the arrow keys, then press "D" to delete and then "L" to confirm. Select the unpartitioned space with arrow keys to set up the new partition by pressing "C." Press "Enter."

  3. 3

    Press "Enter" to format your drive and reinstall Windows. This will take a while. When Windows begins installing, follow the instructions to set it up.

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    Search the Internet for a donation organisation. Many charities have websites with contact information and instructions for donating items. The Salvation Army or Goodwill accept laptop donations.

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    Contact the charity of your choice through their website or by phone to find out more information about donating your used laptop.

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    Figure out the general value of your laptop by searching eBay, or similar sites.

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    Donate your used laptop in person if the organisation is close enough. Ask the organisation for a signed tax receipt with the value you found for your laptop, which you can use as a tax deduction.

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    Send your laptop along with the value information you found to the organisation of your choice if you cannot drop it off in person. If you have to pay for the shipping, keep a record, as that cost is tax-deductible as well. Ask the organisation to send you a signed tax receipt for the value of your laptop.

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