Tasks in this chapter
Adding a second monitor to your new computer
Creating a portable hard drive from your old hard drive
Removing the old hard drive and adding it to your main computer
Turning your old computer into a backup unit
Purging your old computer's data before donating or destroying it
State laws classify computers as hazardous waste and forbid tossing computers into the trash. So, what do you do with the old computer after you buy a new one?
You can donate it to charity, of course, and take a tax deduction. But with a little creativity, you can also salvage a lot of its parts and functionality, which is where this chapter comes in. It turns you into a recycler in the truest sense of the word, taking your old computer's pieces and giving them a new life.
The tasks in this chapter describe how to add a second monitor for your desktop and how to create a portable hard drive, a second drive for your main computer, or a backup unit to keep your work safely duplicated.
If you'd rather donate the computer to a friend or to charity, a final task describes how to cleanse your hard drive of all traces of your personal information: passwords, credit card numbers, and other things you don't want falling into the wrong hands.
Just as a larger closet can hold more goodies, an expanded desktop ...