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Whether you are moving across town or across the country, you will need to pack up your PC carefully to ensure you still have a working computer in your new home. This may sound as simple as making sure the computer is in a stable location while on the move; however, there are many other components that need to be taken into consideration. Check out our top 5 tips on safely moving your PC. The extra time you spend now, may save you a lot of hassle down the road.
Tip # 1 ~ Backup
Before you do anything with your PC, be sure to backup all your files. If your computer has a DVD burner, this is a great way to backup, if not use a flashdrive. A 256MB flash drive will most often do the trick, unless you have a lot graphic intensive files, then you may want to invest in a second one. Be sure to store your backup file disk or flash drive in a safe spot for easy retrieval.
If you kept the manufacturer’s box your computer came in, this is the safest way to relocate your PC. However, if you’re like me and hate storing huge boxes and have already recycled it, there is still hope. Call a specialty box company to see if they have computer boxes or electronic boxes. Give them the dimensions of both your tower and monitor and also inquire if they have any heavy-duty styrofoam that may also assist in packing your PC. This will ensure all parts of your computer arrive safely and intact.
Tip # 3 ~ Organize
Make sure you remove all disks from all drives and turn the power off on both the monitor and the tower. If you aren’t sure about the cords, label them before you unplug and pack them up. This can be as simple as using a piece of masking tape with what the cord is for and where it goes; this will save a lot of time and frustration down the road. Once you have finished labeling, wind up the cords and place them in large ziplock bags or uses twist ties to keep them together.
Tip # 4 ~ Labeling
Once your PC is all packed and ready to go, be sure to clearly mark the boxes as “fragile.” This is especially important if your are using a moving company or you are enlisting the help of friends and family. Boxes can easily become tossed around in the rush of things, so having bold letters indicating your PC needs to be handled appropriately is always a good decision.
Tip # 5 ~ On the Road
If you have room in your vehicle, this may be the safest place to transfer your PC. However, if your move is taking you a long distance and you have to overnight at a hotel, be sure to bring your computer in the room with you. If this isn’t feasible, then be sure to park your vehicle in a well-lit area that will help ensure your PC stays safely locked away- you don’t want to take any chances with such a valuable piece of equipment.
Moving can be stressful and the last thing you want or need is to damage your computer and all that’s stored in it. Follow our tips to safely moving your PC so it will arrive at your new home intact and ready to go.