I remove them and put them into little USB hard drive enclosures. There are SATA and IDE types but I find them for cheap like http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=AEN-U25SAB&cat=CSE and http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=BLK-CX-HD2504AU&cat=CSE
Then you can either erase the drives with those or keep the drives as cheap externals.
My city is having an electronics recycling day next Saturday. I have two laptops that I'd like to recycle, neither of which will start. Unfortunately, each was my main computer at one time, so they have copies of Quicken - including all my account numbers - on them. My account is password-protected, but I would think that someone who knew what they were doing could get past it and to my financial information.
Does anyone know what I can do to get rid of the information so I can recycle the laptops? I presume I can remove the hard drives and destroy them, but how would I do that?