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Printer, Scanner, Copier (Hard Drives)
July 10, 2011
10:24 am
Jim Bass

In the past I read that copy machines have hard drives and that if they are recycled or donated the hard drive should be removed or erased.  Does this apply to just commerical (office) copiers or to home PSC.

I had a PSC that was old and took it apart and could not find anything that resembled a hard drive.  It would be best to recycle, but you need to be careful.

Any comments or advise would be appreciated.





July 12, 2011
8:01 am
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The inexpensive all-in-one PSC devices most consumers use do not have hard drives in them.  I think the article was referring to the devices commonly used in businesses and the ones you would find at copy and print centers in an office supply store like Staples.  You don't have control over these machines.  When I was a Network Administrator for large businesses, we would lease our copiers.  It was my job to erase the hard drives before returning the copier/printers. 

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