When packing a computer for a move it is important to ensure it's packed properly. You don’t want debris to get inside, or the hardware to get damaged resulting in the loss of all your data. Here are some important tips to help you protect your computer whether you’re moving, storing or shipping it.
Disconnecting CMOS Battery
If you are planning on storing your PC for a long period of time (more than a year), it is a good idea to remove the CMOS battery. This is the battery that enables your computer to keep the time and other settings even when there is no power. Leaving it in the PC while it is disconnected for extended periods of time can drain the battery life or even become corroded. To remove it, open the case and look for a small circular silver battery. The battery is on the motherboard, often near one of the corners of the case. It will either be clamped down or it may pop out with very little force. This type of battery should be very simple to find and remove, but if you aren’t confident, almost any computer repair shop can take care of it for you in minutes. Once removed, place it in a plastic bag and set it within the case so it is there when you need it again.
Protect from Dust & Debris
When being transported, your computer will be susceptible to dust, dirt and other things slipping into the fan and vents along the way. The packing peanuts which can be used for cushioning may also find their way into the case. If the computer is turned on after this happens, the peanuts can melt causing serious problems. With that in mind, your first step in preventing these types of issues is to wrap the PC completely in a thin layer of plastic. This can be anything from small sized bubble wrap to simple plastic wrap. The important thing is to ensure any vents or other openings are completely sealed so the computer stays clean during packing, shipping or storing.
If the moving truck is not climate controlled, humidity is likely to build up, resulting in damage to the PC. This may also occur in non-climate controlled storage and warehouses. To avoid this, you may want to purchase small packs of moisture absorbing materials to add into the box that your computer is stored in. The plastic from the prior step will also help keep moisture out of the computer itself, but this can be an additional level of protection.
Proper Packing Materials
The components of a computer can be damaged quite easily if the PC is dropped or bangs into something. This is why using shock absorbing packing materials are essential. The two most common options are packing peanuts and bubble wrap.
- Packing Peanuts – Put a thick layer down into the box and then place the PC on top. Now surround it with more peanuts and fill the box so that the PC is snug and won’t move around. Remember, take extra care to ensure the peanuts never get inside the case or in contact with circuit boards and other hardware.
- Bubble wrap – If you use bubble wrap you will want to make sure you’re using a strong grade since PCs can be heavy. Large bubble styles are also important because they will help to absorb the most shock in the event of a drop.
Professional Packing & Storage
If you don’t want to take any chances with your PC, you can always hire a professional packing and shipping company to help you. We will help you properly pack your computer for shipping so that it is as safe as possible. Get your free quote here or give us call at 800-626-1257 and we’ll help ship your computer anywhere nationwide.