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Getting rid of a cpu

I have two old CPU's that the hard drives crashed. If I take out the hard drives is that where all my information is, so am I safe to toss the CPU or s there other areas or a way to "destroy" the coponents of the cpu to safely get rid of.

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Okay the only thing you need to remove from the computers are your hard drives as that is where the information is stored then you are free to toss your towers.

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Yes, all you information will be on the hard drives. The rest of the units can be recycled.

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