There are few things more frustrating than having a computer, tablet, or the like roll over and die. It's interesting that we now cannot live without items that did not exist all that long ago. If (or more likely, when) this happens to you, you have to decide if the device is fixable and, if not, how do you protect the personal information that was on it. My choice for deleting personal information is to remove and destroy the hard drive (or its equivalent). Then, I can recycle the remaining shell without losing sleep. Before taking that drastic step, however, it's good practice to determine whether the device is fixable. You can call your trusted computer repair person and decide if the cost of their time is worth the replacement cost of the item in question. Another option is to try to fix it yourself. After all, how much damage can you do, the item is dead already! If you want to try the DIY approach, check out this article: Extracting Data from a Dead Tablet by J.D. Biersdorfer of The New York Times. You will find repair guides for pcs, phones, cameras, cars, trucks, appliances, and more. There is also a parts shop to make your DIY experience as easy as possible. The article also has resources for recycling electronics. This is a great article to keep handy for those emergency situations!