Server Recycling

Is It Time To Upgrade Your HDD Storage Array?

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As with so many things in the fast moving world of technology and electronics the next big thing is always just around the corner. But if you are currently working with a HDD storage array, it might already be here.

SSD (solid state drive) storage arrays are the not-so-new kid on the block and are proving to be a popular choice for many organisations’ data storage needs. So what’s the difference between HDD (hard disk drive) and SDD?

HDD storage relies on spinning disks, motors, and read/write heads, using magnetism to store data on a rotating platter, whereas SSD has no moving parts using semiconductor technology that writes and reads data by electrically charging a stationary strip of dense circuitry – but why is this necessarily better?

SSD Pros

  • SSD storage arrays are significantly faster than HDD’s as they are not limited by the physical speed that the HDD disks can spin.
  • SSD’s tend to have much higher storage capacities, which is vital in today’s data heavy world.
  • SSD’s can support more sophisticated encryption programs which inevitably have put a much heavier load on CPU resources.
  • SSD’s are ideal for high performance processing, being able to quickly and effectively cope with the most complex processing loads. Results include quicker boot times and a quicker and more responsive operation.
  • SSD’s use less electricity than HDD’s and run cooler, which is not only more environmentally friendly but also helps to reduce potential data loss issues from overheating.
  • SSD’s are silent so no more irritating whirring noises!

HDD Pro’s

  • Price – HDD’s are generally cheaper than SSD’s, however it really is a case of you get what you pay for.

So what should you do if you are currently working with an out of date HDD storage array?

  1. Look into upgrading to a SSD system! There are lots of companies out there who can supply fantastic SSD systems and also oversee the transferral of your data. So get Googling and start asking a few questions
  2. Figure out what to do with your old HDD system. As with most outdated technology your options are somewhat limited and disposal can be a costly business, as there are strict regulations governing the scrapping of waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE Regulations). However Buy IT Back is here to help!

Buy IT Back is a specialist computer and electronics recycling service. With almost 30 years experience in the industry we have the ability, contacts and knowledge to effectively and environmentally sensitively deal with your unwanted IT, telecoms and other electronic equipment. And what’s more, we offer a Buy Back service which can even pay you for the pleasure of doing so! After securely destroying any remaining data we are able to recondition and often upgrade your old equipment reselling it start-ups, charities and other organisations. And if there are any items that we cannot resell we are able to break it down into its component parts and effectively recycle these.

To find out more about Buy IT Back’s HDD storage array recycling service, contact us today.

How Do You Recycle A Computer?

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Whenever a company, business or other organisation no longer needs a computer, printer, server or other piece of electronic equipment they have a duty of care as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility to ensure that it correctly disposed of.

Since the introduction of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive in 2003 (which was then updated in 2014) it is no longer acceptable to simply dump your unwanted electronics into landfill. These items are now treated as ‘hazardous waste’ and thus have to be disposed of following strict guidelines, many of which focus around the requirement to recycle as many items or components as possible.

What’s in a computer?

Computers, be they desktop or laptop, as actually very complex machines which means that they are very difficult to recycle via traditional methods. Obviously it varies by type and model but most PC’s are made up of a combination of elements and components which can include around 23% plastics, 32% ferrous metals, 12% electronic boards and varying amounts of lead, glass and other non-ferrous metals. As a result of this it means that computers can only really be successfully recycled by specialist companies.

Does a computer have to be recycled?

In many cases it is actually preferable to recondition computers and other pieces of electronic equipment and their components, rather than undergoing the difficult, and often energy intensive process of recycling.

Here at Buy IT Back this is always our first port of call, not only because it is a more ecologically sensitive treatment of unwanted computers and other pieces of IT hardware, but also because there are many organisations, both in the UK and abroad, who will willing buy an affordably priced reconditioned computer, rather than buying something brand new. In fact it is through this method that we treat the majority of pieces of redundant electronic equipment, and this is how we are able to offer such competitive prices through our Buy Back scheme.

However in some cases there are components or entire pieces of unwanted IT or telecoms equipment that are unable to be reconditioned and resold, in which case we will move to our specialist recycling process. This involves carefully separating all of the different elements and treating each individually to allow it to be successfully reused.

What are the other options when it comes to computer recycling?

Since the implementations of the WEEE Directive, recycling via a reputable computer recycling company or service is now the only option allowable by law. The WEEE Directive itself actually puts much of the onus onto manufacturers and retailers to provide a sound recycling service. But in many cases you, as the consumer, will be charged for this.

However with nearly 30 years of computer recycling experience under our belts, Buy IT Back are able to offer a very attractive alternative via our Buy Back service. Simply as it sounds this means that we are able to assess the value that we, as computer recycling, reconditioning and reselling experts, are able to unlock from your unwanted computer equipment – and from this calculate what this equipment is actually worth and pay you a fair market price for it! This money could then go towards the cost of replacing the equipment that you thought that you may have to pay to get rid of!


To find out how you could benefit from Buy IT Back’s Buy Back scheme for your unwanted computer and electronic equipment, contact us today.

It’s Time to Lose Windows Server 2003 but benefit from Professional Server Recycling

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After July 14th 2015 Windows Server 2003 will no longer receive IT support or receive security updates from Microsoft. This covers all versions of the software and without security updates, the software simply isn’t safe to use. If your business is still running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 then it’s definitely time to make the chance to a newer version and put a migration strategy into place.

It could be that your datacentre is only equipped to handle Windows Server 2003 and therefore you’re looking at an upgrade of both software and hardware. Whilst this can seem costly, it will benefit your business in the long run and if you find a recycling partner such at Buy IT Back, you can receive cash for your old server hardware, in exchange for it being resold or responsibly recycled.

Professional Server Hardware Recycling

Within a few months of Windows Server 2003 no longer receiving support it will become a serious security risk and a compliance nightmare for your business. Windows Server 2003 is outdated but for many businesses it has been completely functional and they have seen no need to change but now it has truly become imperative.

Alongside the software change there is bound to be a huge switch in hardware, as a lot of server equipment will need to be recycled. Businesses should take advantage of the opportunity to upgrade but of course, the business still has a responsibility to handle the old equipment responsibly and ensure it is recycled in a way which complies with EU and British recycling film C’est beau la vie quand on y pense

As a professional and experienced server recycling company we specialise in ensuring all unused computers and related hardware are recycled responsibly or alternatively repurpose them and resell them. In every instance we ensure you receive a fee for the value of your equipment and it ensures you get something to put back into your business or put towards the cost of your new server hardware.

As well as ensuring your old server hardware is disposed of responsibly we also ensure that all data has been completely wiped and deleted, guaranteeing the full safety of your data. With a partner like Buy IT Back you can be sure that your datacentre is running in the most effective way and that your old, out of date hardware recoups some of its value.

The end of Windows Server 2003 is just one further stage of Microsoft moving forward and ensuring their business is at the cutting edge of information technology.

Keep Your Business Green in 2015

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There are many ways in which you can make your business eco-friendly and keep corporate social responsibility at the heart of everything you do. With a new year already well under way what are you doing to keep your business green in 2015? Here are some tips to consider adding to your business’ green strategy.

Write a Green Policy

One way to really show your business’ commitment to green ethics and sustainability is to have a set-in-stone green policy, which you either get your employees to sign or at least distribute copies of. It could be very basic and simply state your commitment to environmental conscientiousness or it could be that you lay out the rules from turning off equipment after use or recommendations for car sharing and bicycle schemes you may have setup. The idea of a green policy is simply to give your employees, new and existing, a clear and defined message that this commitment to eco-conscious behaviour is long term and a central aspect of your business’ ethos.

Switch to Greener Cleaning Products

Even your office needs cleaning regularly and rather than opting for traditional toxic cleaning products, why not opt for greener alternatives? Many cleaning companies now offer eco-friendly and natural cleaning products and though there may be a slight increase in cost the benefits to your health, reduction in allergic reactions and a healthier working environment, as well as planet, are worth it.

Trade with Green Partners

Opting for green vendors to work alongside your business furthers your commitment to eco-friendly and environmental conscientiousness beyond the walls of your offices. Look into the companies you work with and when looking for new partners, choose companies who have a dedicated commitment to sustainability and the same kind of outlook as you’re developing for your company. Consider working with energy efficient vehicle manufacturers for your company cars for example.

Keep Recycling your IT

Having a dedicated IT recycling partner means your business can always ensure old equipment is responsibly handled and this goes beyond just PCs and monitors. Buy IT Back offer extensive IT recycling services including server recycling, printers and scanners.

Our service is designed to ensure your office has a reliable partner who not only recycles your old equipment according to government guidelines, also buys it from you rather than simply taking it off your hands, ensuring your recoup some capital from the replacement of equipment in your workplace.

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