Hard Drives Soldered to Logic Boards Pose Potential Issues at Computer End-of-Life
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Type:  DOE OPEX

Publisher:  U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security

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Topics:  Environmental Protection, Information Technology, Computer Security

This Operating Experience Level 3 document provides information on potential environmental, health and safety, and security concerns related to removal of computer hard drives that are soldered to logic boards. If a hard drive is soldered to the logic board, removing, disposing of, and replacing the hard drive necessitates removing, disposing of, and replacing the logic board as well. Replacing the main logic board is also significantly more complicated than replacing a hard drive. In the case of preparing for product reuse and recycling, removal of a soldered hard drive/logic board combination presents problems throughout the disposition process.

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