If you have an old computer, desktop or laptop, that is not working and just sitting gathering dust, then this article is for you!
Preppers believe in redundancy. Most usually have backups to their backups. At least, this is true when we are talking about water, food, medical supplies and ways to defend ourselves. But do you have redundancy with your digital files?
Over the years, I have acquired a great number of free PDF’s and ebooks, like The Preparedness Review. I have also made digital copies of important documents, just in case something happens to the originals. I usually save my digital files to my hard drive and then have a back up too. With the low cost of USB thumb drives or flash drives, this should be a no brainer for all preppers.
However, if you have an old computer or laptop collecting dust, you can use the hard drive that is in those old machines as a backup as well. Utilizing these hard drives is super easy and doesn’t cost too much. Plus, there might be data on those old hard drives that you might want to retrieve. This short tutorial will show you how to do it!
My computer was gathering dust…literally
When I started Prepper Website, I pretty much worked off my desktop. Back in the day, it was super fast! I had it built by a company that provided a lifetime warranty. What would you know, after working with that company for many years, it went out of business. So when my desktop started acting up, I moved to my laptop and never looked back.
I eventually moved the desktop to my garage and let it sit there for about two years. I figured I should do something with it, because it was just taking up space, but I didn’t want to give up all the preparedness data that I had gathered throughout the years. So, I decided to open it up and salvage the hard drives. I purchased an enclosure, which will be used so that I can access the data by connecting it through a USB connection with my laptop. Below you will see how easy this was to do. I have a lot of pics and I have included some videos that I found on Youtube too.
Salvaging my hard drives for preparedness
Step 1 – I had to remove the two screws on the right so that I can remove the side panel to get access to the hard drives that were installed in the computer.
Step 2 – Unplug the wires connected to the hard drive. You might have to remove plugs on the motherboard too. If you think you might get this computer fixed at some point, make a note of where those plugs are connected. If you are going to donate the parts or chunk the rest, then don’t worry about it. NOTE: It is a good practice to ground yourself when working inside your computer. Simply make sure you are touching a metal portion of the computer enclosure.