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#1 curtise

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 01:29 PM

I recently retrieved an old laptop out of a company recycling bin. The hard drive was removed and I installed a new one. My question is; is there any way this laptop can be tracked? The company updated old laptops with new and just discarded the old ones. Seems like such a waste to me as I can install hard drives and donate the laptops to someone who needs one.



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Posted 27 September 2016 - 01:50 PM

Not really. Any tracking things would have been software on the installed hard drive, but since it doesn't have one... Potentially they could track via serial number. But really.... if the thing was in a recycle bin they put it there on purpose and don't care if someone takes it. At least that is my thoughts. Free pickings for things in trash!


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Posted 27 September 2016 - 02:36 PM

I guess this was a Windows laptop? Not an Apple Macbook?


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#4 curtise

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 04:46 PM

It was a windows laptop.



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Posted 13 October 2016 - 10:12 PM

Sometime between approximately 2007 and 2010 I had a Dell business grade desktop that had Tracking turned on.  Even with a wiped hard drive the BIOS was able to reinstall the tracking agent and enable that feature.  I have read that on business grade laptops and desktops this feature is often present.  

 

The question is that if they removed the hard drive and threw the devices in the recycle bin, would they care?  



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Posted 14 October 2016 - 07:38 AM

I'm not sure they would care. I just want to install hard drives in them and donate them to kids who could use them for school but I also do not want to risk losing my job.



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Posted 15 October 2016 - 03:36 PM

To answer your original question of can it be tracked, I would say that Yes, it probably can still be tracked.  

 

Would the IT Department be interested in tracking it?  That depends.  What ultimately happens to those laptops that enter the recycle bin?  Do they get donated to a refurbishment channel and resold or distributed to needy?  Does the company get a tax break or money for those old devices?  Do they havea problem with employees taking the devices and reselling them?  Do they want to investigate that?  

 

Why not ask about them?  Who knows, maybe you can even get first dibs on future recycled computers and grab the best ones.



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Posted 05 February 2017 - 05:49 AM

Maybe there is, like the police has a machine to find lost cellphones ever there is not SIM card on it.






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