Do you keep old computer parts or you throw them?

@rakesh284 (1472)
India
December 22, 2009 7:20am CST
I was asking this just because today my mouse was not working and I had to send some files to my friend and using keyboard is really irritating then I remembered that I got old mouse which I connected and found that it was working and it helped me at that point of time, even my sister had some designing work so was safe from orders just because of that, otherwise I would have to go to check this mouse because technicians have habit of giving false commitments or I would have to buy the new one, but thanks to this old mouse which helped me, now I can call the technician to repair or replace this mouse and if he delays by a day or two is also fine for me.
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35 responses
• China
1 Jan 10
Hi there, That's so lucky of you. For me, if I update my computer I used to give the old part to my friend or just sell them out. So if I meet the situation which you've mentioned, I think I have to buy a new mouse instantly.
@goldeneagle (6773)
• United States
30 Dec 09
I do not usually accumulate spare computer parts. I usually try to make sure that a keyboard or other computer equipment is not fixable before I go to buy another one. Thus, I usually throw the old stuff away as soon as I get the new stuff in place. I want to learn to build computers, so I likely going to try to start collecting the stuff to do this, and when I do, I am going to have to find a place to store it all until I get ready to start putting a computer together...
@Chevee (5914)
• United States
23 Dec 09
Yes, I keep my old computer parts. I am the type of person that hardly ever throw thing away, so I definitely keep parts from other computers, I have speakers, keyboards, mouse, even monitors from other computers, I really do need to get rid of some of those things. I have given parts to other family members that need them. They really do come in handy.
@checkmail (2041)
• India
23 Dec 09
Hello rakesh and me too never like to throw away mine computer pheripheral even if it is outdated.Yeah actually got this habbit from mine hardware course, there used to be lying many such part in the class room, for teaching purpose, and experimenting over it.Well now am having an P3 computer system, but still there is mine old P2 system with many spare parts to it.Often do i check it for revising my knowledge about the computer hardware.Now also the mouse with the new system got damaged so am using the earlier mouse got for the P2.Am enjoying the benefits of spare parts, but also am not willing to give up my P2 even though am having an new upgraded system.Anyways it was an nice discusison of yours, Happy mylotting.
@coolcat123 (4390)
• India
23 Dec 09
I keep them in my store room even if its of no use or a thrown away material. But keep them here bcoz I feel very sad , throwing items which I am very much connected to.
@elmiko (6635)
• United States
23 Dec 09
i got my old gateway harddrive. i'm using it right now to put my mouse on and move around. its basicly a counter for drinks as well,lol. i could recycle other computer parts. i heard of a website where you can recycle old computer parts.
@DOLLYBABY (2534)
• United States
23 Dec 09
i don't have any old computer parts but am pretty sure i wouldn't want any old computer parts hanging around my home,so i would throw them away.if they ain't good,well get rid of them.
@Harley009 (1420)
• India
23 Dec 09
I used to be like a squirrel or ants .. collecting many things especially the techy things. I think this might be useful for me later. Finally all those stuffs filled my shelves. Many times it helped me as well, later when I got busy with my jos.. One day I threw all those stuffs out of my shelves. I am a curious person, when I see something I think how it works or what is inside of it . I had spoiled many clocks, time pieces, tape recorders, radios, watches etc by trying to play with them. Peace.
• Pakistan
23 Dec 09
i never keep any old part of computer. i like to prefer the new one.
@kevinll (967)
• China
23 Dec 09
I can not keep all of them, most of them was thrown, my earphone and mouse often was broken, i change them and throw the old one.
• United Kingdom
23 Dec 09
I don't suppose computer parts are any good with everything being updated all the time. However, being a qualified IT Technician myself I understand that at times it can be important. Components like memory are very important to keep if they are working. I think when people just throw computers out because they are old, well it's likely that something will be working within that pc and as a technician it's good to do some fishing! Andrew
• United States
23 Dec 09
I don't throw away any computer parts. The least I can do is to recycle them by going to Best Buy's Geek Squad and donating them. But there's 4 things I don't throw away OR recycle. The keyboard, the mouse, the monitor, and the hard drive. Place the hard drive in an enclosure, and it works as an external hard drive. Extra storage for your new computer. I don't discard or recycle my hard drive because it has whatever I have on there, and any pro can restore a hard drive's contents. I also don't throw away the keyboard or the mouse because I need to use them in another computer. Same with my monitor. Unless the pins are bent and unusable, I need it because I can't use my new computer without my monitor. Those are the only things I can't discard or recycle. I need these four parts!
@happy6162 (3009)
• United States
23 Dec 09
This is only my second computer and I do have all the parts for my old one stored in a box and put up in the basement. I did have to replace my mouse on this computer and a friend gave me some of her old ones to try out they worked for a while but I did have to finally buy a new one. I brought it from Walmart and it was not to expense but I did keep the other ones even though they are not working.
@sachii315 (489)
• Japan
23 Dec 09
Hi rakesh284! I usually sell my old computers but if it is damaged, I rather throw them away than to have it serviced. Service labor here in my country is very much expensive so it would be better for me buy a new one than to have my item repaired. Selling an old computer is my best option. The money from which I have sell could add up to a new item I want to buy. Happy mylotting!
@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
I don't really throw away any of my old computer parts either. I like to keep some of the hardware in case there is such an emergency like a fire. Then I will be able to start up with the old system till I am able to save enough to buy a new computer hardware.
@gohan2091 (544)
23 Dec 09
Neither. When a part gets old, I sell it on eBay and the money I make from that can go towards or help pay for the new part. It's really sensible this way in my opinion.
@Renhard (3474)
• Jamaica
23 Dec 09
I do not usually throw them out. I usually just throw them somewhere around the house. They can be use full at times because now i am back to my mouse with a ball. My optical mouse somehow got damaged so back to the old days.
@lihocc (58)
• China
23 Dec 09
If i were you, i would buy a new one.Some of my old computer parts don't match the ports of new computer.I have to throw them away.
@madteaparty (2757)
• Japan
23 Dec 09
In the past I wouldn't throw old parts, but when I found out that they were stored for years without being used I began doing so, at least the ones that didn't seem useful to me. However I'm glad I kept a mouse and a keyboard just in case.
@drakesuyat (1063)
• Philippines
22 Dec 09
yes rakesh284 either working or not. it helps me so much whenever i needed some part especially if i cant buy a replacement immediately. just like when one key on my keyboard cant seem to work and i have a project which should be submitted the next day. when i opened the keyboard, theres a hole on that rubber where key touches to bounce back. luckily i kept one damaged keyboard and get some replacement part from it. its almost late at night and buying another seem to be very impossible. good thing i managed to repair it and use again.