What Can I Do With a Broken Laptop?

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There are several ways that a broken laptop can be used. For individuals that are “attached” to their favorite laptop, the first strategy is to get the laptop repaired or refurbished. Recycling a broken laptop is a good idea. Sometimes, it’s not possible to fix the laptop, but there are other ways to create use out of a broken laptop.

Repair The Laptop

  • A broken laptop, if not seriously out of date (more than three years old), can be fixed and reused. The laptop might experience a decrease in performance when executing certain applications, but it can be fixed and used for applications such as word processing or sending and receiving email. In many cases, though, fixing the laptop is just as expensive as buying a new laptop.

Sell the Spare Parts

  • The parts of a broken laptop can be disassembled and sold on eBay or to a computer dealer. The hard drive, central processing unit (CPU), and memory carry value on the open market because those are the three main components that drive any computer system. Rare laptop parts can be sold at a rate that can bring in a nice profit.

Donate Parts to a Non-Profit Organization

  • There are non-profit organizations which use parts from broken laptops to make refurbished systems. These systems are used by non-profit organizations or donated to other non-profit organizations that need a laptop. A tax write-off is available for the amount of parts that are donated to a non-profit.

Use Hard Drive as an External Storage Device

  • A hard drive from a broken laptop can be used as a data device to store information for a new laptop. The hard drive can also be configured as a network storage device for computers on a home or office network to store backup data files. There are external hard drive cases that can be bought for this type of configuration.

Rebuild with Refurbished Parts

  • There are times when laptop screens break, keyboards become inoperable because of heavy use and external casing becomes damaged because of wear and tear. These parts can be fixed by computer clone dealers that specialize in refurbished parts for cases, screens and keyboards for laptops. Refurbished parts can also be bought to replace many parts of a broken laptop.

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